Opinions Sought on Proposed Residential Rental Licensing Program

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The City of Kingston is seeking the public’s opinion on a proposed residential rental licensing program requiring rental properties with one to three units to meet certain standards that ensure the health and safety of renters.

Two days of information sessions have been scheduled to receive feedback from residents while offering more details about the program.

Individual sessions will be held at 1211 John Counter Blvd. on both Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12 – first one is 10am to 11am and another between 5:30pm and 7pm.

You can register to attend one of the sessions at the Residential Rental Licensing page in the City website’s Projects section.

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“The City is exploring residential rental licensing as tool to ensure rental units across the city comply with existing regulations that set standards related to the health and safety of renters,” said Paige Agnew, director of planning, building and licensing services, in a release. “The aim is to provide a mechanism to address substandard renting conditions and we look forward to hearing from the public about experiences and how this proposed program could support enhanced renting conditions.”

City staff will be seeking feedback on aspects of the proposed licence application process that include documents required to obtain a licence; fees associated with the proposed licence; timing of the roll-out of the program; and general concerns from renters, landlords and residents.

Between July 10 and 23, residents can also share their feedback through an online survey at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca.

The program would only apply to residential developments containing one to three rental units as residential developments with four or more units are regulated by the City’s Site Plan Control Bylaw.

For more information, visit the City’s Residential Rental Licensing page.

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