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Councillor!

Residential Rental
Licensing

November 2023

The City of Kingston’s Administrative Policies Committee is reviewing

the proposed Residential Rental Licensing Report January 24, 2024.

KRPOA has registered as a delegate for the meeting.

KRPOA encourages members to use the letter template, customize it to

make it their own, & send to their district councilor.

There is a link on the draft letter to Mayor & Council members’

contact information.

December 2023

SUBMISSION OF KRPOA to the City of Kingston - Residential Rental

Licensing Discussion. This submission is made by KRPOA with support

from the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario;

the Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization & the Canadian

Federation of Apartment Associations, all of whom have a relationship

with Kingston’s residential landlords.

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Are you a Kingston landlord? 

We encourage you to email us with your thoughts, concerns, & suggestions. The KRPOA would like to work with the City, & we need your support. 

 

Information for Landlords

"Following a vote by Kingston City Council on Dec 20, 2022, the City of Kingston will investigate a potential rental licensing program for landlords in the districts of Sydenham and Kingscourt Rideau. The item was introduced by Sydenham District Councillor Conny Glenn & is an update to a draft rental licensing program, first introduced back in 2017.

At a meeting on May 2, 2017, councillors voted to consider a by-law to regulate rental properties containing 1 to 3 residential units. Implementation of the licensing by-law was put on hold until the City completed its comprehensive zoning by-law by 2022."

From: City staff to investigate potential rental licensing program – Kingston News (kingstonist.com)

As of November 2023

  • HAVE YOUR SAY!

    • www.getinvolved.cityofkingston.ca/residential-rental-licensing

    • Take the Survey!

    • The survey above asks participants to share their experiences with residential rentals including issues experienced* with residential rental units as well as the perceived benefits and limitations of a residential rental licensing program. By completing the survey, you will receive project updates by email. This survey displays best on the following browsers (desktop and mobile): Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari. 

    • This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Results will be used to identify concerns and understand the perceived benefits and limitations of a residential rental licensing program. Participants have the option to enter a draw for a $100 VISA gift card as a thank you for their time. If you’d prefer to complete a paper copy of this survey, please contact Communications@CityofKingston.ca.

    • The survey will close on Dec. 21, 2023.

  • Further in-person engagement with residents will be undertaken through Councillor Town Halls in the November 2023.

  • A Report, as directed in the active Council motion, is due to the Administrative Policies Committee in Q1 2024.

City of Kingston Nuisance Party Bylaw

Landlord Responsibilities

The City of Kingston Nuisance Party Bylaw addresses the negative impacts of large social gatherings involving nuisance behaviours (ex. public intoxication, damage to public or private property, & excessive noise, etc.). Learn how the Nuisance Party Bylaw helps all residents do their part to keep our community safe and to foster good relationships between neighbours. This brochure contains a brief summary of the Nuisance Party & Noise Bylaws. it is intended for information purposes only. To read the full bylaws, please visit CityofKingston.ca/Bylaws.

Information for Landlords

As property owners and neighbours, landlords must do their part to deter dangerous nuisance parties on their premises. Landlords who fail to do so could be held legally accountable for “permitting” or “allowing” a nuisance party to occur.

 

Steps landlords can take to demonstrate due diligence:

• Obtaining references from prospective tenants;

• Including a provision in the tenancy agreement requiring tenants to comply with the City’s Nuisance Party Bylaw;

• Providing tenants with a copy of the City’s Nuisance Party Bylaw;

• Sending email or written communications to tenants educating them on their responsibilities & obligations under the Nuisance Party Bylaw;

• Monitoring the property on a regular basis in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act; &,

• Taking reasonable action to address complaints regarding social gatherings at the property in a timely fashion.

 

Landlords are not required to commence eviction or other proceedings against tenants at the Landlord & Tenant Board to demonstrate that they have not “permitted” or “allowed” a nuisance party to occur at their property.

City of Kingston - Nuisance Party Bylaw - Information Brochure

NEWS: 

University District Safety Initiative 

Orientation Week
Homecoming
St. Patrick's Day

Historically, Kingston has struggled with recurring unsanctioned street parties that have drawn thousands of people to the University District. Unsafe & disruptive behaviours often accompany these parties & put the community at risk by putting a significant strain on emergency services & creating dangerous situations when roads & traffic are blocked. In an effort to curb these behaviours and their effects, the City of Kingston, Kingston Police and Queen's University have collaborated to introduce the University District Safety Initiative.    

Learn more here: 

University District Safety Initiative - City of Kingston
 

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