Renoviction / Rental Unit Repair Licence By-Law

Rental Unit Repair Licence Review

The City of London is reviewing proposed amendments to the Business Licensing By-law to introduce a Rental Unit Repair Licence to help deal with the issue of ‘renovictions’.

This work is focused on licensing “renovictions” to ensure tenants and landlords are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act, and disincentivizing landlords from using N13 Notices to evict tenants under false pretenses. This new licence would apply to renovations to rental units that are so extensive that they require a tenant to move out.

Background

Ontario's Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants who rent residential properties (i.e., an apartment, a house, or a room in a rooming or boarding house, care homes, retirement homes, etc.).

The Landlord & Tenant Board Act is provincial legislation that dictates how to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants, and eviction applications from non-profit housing co-operatives, through mediation or adjudication. This Act also provides information to landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).

Under the RTA, landlords that require a unit to be empty to undertake extensive renovations have the right to evict tenants. When doing so, the landlord must give the tenant the opportunity to return to their unit at the current rental rate upon completion of the renovation. The tenant must ensure their intent to return is provided to the landlord in writing.

Public Participation Meeting

A staff recommendation report, and by-law, were submitted to the Community and Protective Services Committee (CPSC) on June 10, 2024. A Public Participation Meeting is being held at CPSC July 15, 2024, to gather community input regarding the proposed by-law amendments. Please share your thoughts on the by-law with Staff and Councillors by email, phone, in writing, or at the July 15th Committee meeting.

Share your feedback!

We want to hear from London tenants, homeowners and landlords to ensure that we have a fulsome analysis of experiences, knowledge and perceptions of renovictions. Visit https://getinvolved.london.ca/renovictions