Some landlords again need to register rentals as licensing program restarts in Brampton

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Published April 1, 2024 at 2:03 pm

Brampton landlord registration rentals

After months of tweaks and reworked regulations, many Brampton landlords now need to sign up under the city’s sometimes controversial rental registration program.

As of last Thursday, the City of Brampton has restarted its Residential Rental Licensing pilot program (RRL) after the project was put on hold just weeks after launching.

Some landlords have spoken out about the regulations they say unfairly target compliant property owners with protests, and have called for members of Brampton City Council to have a face-to-face with residents before moving ahead with the project restart.

But the city has already rebooted the project which brings in new rules for landlords in certain areas of Brampton as a way to cut down on an estimated 16,000 unregistered rentals in Brampton.

Landlords of any rentals in Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7 with four units or less are required to register with the city.

One of the changes to the RRL program is a full waving of the added $300 annual fee from the city for landlords, which was adjusted after feedback from the community. The waiver applies for the entire run of the two-year program for any landlords who sign up before June 30. Those that sign up after that date will be required to pay full registration fees.

Property owners are also no longer required to submit parking and storage plans, floor plans, or electrical and gas inspection records.

Proof of ownership, corporate ownership, criminal record check requirements for landlords have also been removed under the new program, but additional residential units (ARUs) and single house-keeping units will still need to obtain a business licence.

“The City remains committed to holding lan​dlords accountable to provide safe living accommodations for renters in Brampton,” the city said of the program restart. “By working together, we can create safer and more transparent rental experiences for our community.”

Several protests have been held by residents unhappy with the introduction of the RRL program, with one organizer telling Insauga.com that they plan to hold at least one more rally and some landlords may choose to boycott the pilot project.

Applications to the City of Brampton’s RRL program can be made online by visiting www.Brampton.ca.

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