The City of Hamilton is developing a Rental Housing Unit By-law that would require all owners (landlords) of rental units ranging from six (6) units of less in a building to be licensed. A draft By-law will be presented and recommended to the Planning Committee. The purpose of this Bylaw is to ensure the health and safety of residents; maintain safe housing options within the City of Hamilton; protect property; and prevent public nuisances.
Definition of a “rental housing unit” means a room or suite of rooms used or intended to be used by one or more persons living together as one household, in which cooking and sanitary facilities are provided for the exclusive use of the household, and to which an independent entrance is provided.
The draft By-law includes: provisions for submission requirements by a landlord to apply for a licence; duties of the landlord; licence renewals; recommended licensing fees; and transition matters related to the
effective date of By-law.
A copy of the report will be available online atwww.hamilton.ca/licensing (under Things You Need To Know) or copies will be available to view at City Hall (Clerks), 71 Main Street East 2nd Floor.
In order to:
• create consistency in rental standards across the entire City of Hamilton;
• increase the health and safety of residents;
• establish the associated fee structure for licensing rental dwelling
• maintain a safe housing stock