Mississauga City Council approved a licensing bylaw that requires all landlords to apply on an annual basis and be granted a licence to operate a lodging house.
“This bylaw is intended to protect the interests of both landlords and tenants through a documented process,” said Elaine Buckstein, Director of Enforcement for the City of Mississauga. “The bylaw also allows the City to inspect accommodation to ensure that landlords and tenants comply with property standards, City fire and building codes that protect the health and safety of all occupants in the home.”
Buckstein explained that, under the by-law, a lodging house is a dwelling unit containing more than three rental rooms that are occupied by one person in each room. A maximum of four (4) lodging units are permitted in a lodging house. Lodging houses are only allowed in detached homes, and basement apartments are not permitted. A lodging unit is defined as a room intended for sleeping, and may contain sanitary facilities, but no appliances for storing, cooking or heating food or for washing clothes or dishes.
“The new Residential Rental Accommodation Licensing Bylaw was prepared with input from residents and applies to residential rental accommodation across the entire city,” added Buckstein. “In response, the City has put in place guidelines that will be applied when rezoning applications are evaluated to make sure that lodging houses are allowed only in appropriate areas.”
Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city. It is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices.