Rental Housing Protection By-law

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The Rental Housing Protection By-law Has Been Approved

Thank you for your participation in the consultation process.

In June 2018, Council approved a Rental Housing Protection By-law for Mississauga.

Highlights:

  • The protection of rental housing was identified in Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga as a priority
  • Applications for conversion or demolition of rental units after January 1, 2019 that have not received Council approval will need to obtain a permit as required by this by-law.
  • The By-law controls the conversion of rental units to condominium ownership and the demolition of rental units
  • The By-law applies when
    • there are six or more rental units
    • the City’s vacancy rate is below 3% (current vacancy rate is 0.9%*)
    • rents are 1.75% of average market rent or lower (see table below)
Unit Type
Average Market Rent ($)*
1.75% Average Market Rent ($)
Bachelor
$917
$1,605
1 Bedroom
$1,151
$2,014
2 Bedroom
$1,330
$2,328
3 Bedroom
$1,563
$2,735
Average
$1,293
$2,263
*CMHC Rental Market Report (2017)


View the Rental Housing Protection By-law and Rental Housing Protection Report to learn more.



The Rental Housing Protection By-law Has Been Approved

Thank you for your participation in the consultation process.

In June 2018, Council approved a Rental Housing Protection By-law for Mississauga.

Highlights:

  • The protection of rental housing was identified in Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga as a priority
  • Applications for conversion or demolition of rental units after January 1, 2019 that have not received Council approval will need to obtain a permit as required by this by-law.
  • The By-law controls the conversion of rental units to condominium ownership and the demolition of rental units
  • The By-law applies when
    • there are six or more rental units
    • the City’s vacancy rate is below 3% (current vacancy rate is 0.9%*)
    • rents are 1.75% of average market rent or lower (see table below)
Unit Type
Average Market Rent ($)*
1.75% Average Market Rent ($)
Bachelor
$917
$1,605
1 Bedroom
$1,151
$2,014
2 Bedroom
$1,330
$2,328
3 Bedroom
$1,563
$2,735
Average
$1,293
$2,263
*CMHC Rental Market Report (2017)


View the Rental Housing Protection By-law and Rental Housing Protection Report to learn more.


Thank you for all your responses during our feedback collection period. 
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Give more freedom to rental market like other cities in GTA, no renting to students and working people has no good to both side, students are crazy looking for houses and we can only say no because of the law, only because it's in mississauga. And as landlords we have very limit options of family to choose to live in which put much stress on our mortgage which we never predicted when buying the house, now I am a bit regreting choosing Mississauga. We are just small landlord working hard to get a house which isn't quite cheap generally that a normal working people can't easily pay through without renting help, who are you choosing to buy houses in your cities Missississauga? (only very rich people or people who doesn't follow laws?)

SL about 2 months ago

i been applying for 20 houses already for renting and realtors are abbusing of prices keeping and hidding applications so the house never be rented and owner prefer to sell the house and get a bigger comission
also realtors are discrimating us for race kids pets how many people oh you have exelent credit but your salary still to low and because you have kids with special needs owner doesnt like that or oh you know what owner is away to take a decition yet or yes you were application number one but we are going to show the house one more week to see who can pay more etc. what kind of country is this that the goverment is letting them do whatever they want with people

aaron 2 months ago

What are the benefits to individuals who have chosen to invest in real state in Mississauga as part of their retirement plans? Limiting rent or increasing availability without the accompanying infrastructure to make the city attractive then we are just punishing current Missassauga tax payers...

JMississauga 3 months ago

What government should do is to guide, not to dominate, in most areas, including rental area. Unfortunately, when more and more left-wing politicians got on the stage, for keeping their position, they'd like to dominate more and more free market areas to kind-of benefit their supporters - most time - classes under middle. Does this make the city/province/country better, stronger and more competitive? Everybody knows the answer but most of them care more direct benefits to themselves. These politician will never tell anybody what they want is just pure power, instead, they'll say this world needs change, even changing to worse.


Besides above complain, I'd like to ask, can landlord not pay property tax when tenant is not paying rental payment, or at least deduct? Why should the landlord be the final responsible for paying water & waste fee which account is under tenant's name?


The answers to above simple questions will let you know, whether government cares more about the rental market, or just putting your money into their pockets.

CarlAsWell 3 months ago

I too agree let the free market decide. Government should not get involved. We need to focus on tackling our provincial debt not by adding to it by involving yourselves in what will undoubtedly increase "ghetto" neighbourhoods. Much better environment overall to have the different options available to rent; basement apartments, private whole or partial homes; condos, etc. A far better blend.

rem 4 months ago

I read your article and it seems great. However what are you doing to help the working low income? The ones who are low income enough not to be able to afford it but too high income to be able to apply for Ontario works?

For example I make around 21,000 a year. I have one child. And we are staying with his father who is abusive because we can’t afford to move out. What are you doing to help those families? You were considering 57,000 as middle class...but $57,000 they can pretty much afford any rental unit they want. We applied for peel housing and said he was abusive and they offered us homes however they want police reports of his abuse. He’s emotionally and verbally abusive ...not physically. Police will not do anything about that So we are basically stuck here.What is being done to help these people? There is a lot more of them out there than you think. Suffering much more than these middle-class people are.

P1984 4 months ago

How about rentals for people who make less then that?
There is lots of citizens who are on ODSP or minimum wage. How about seniors who hardly ever make more than half of the "middle "?
If you don't even have $2000/month, how can you afford a rent of $2,500+?

Lucyna 5 months ago

This is not protection this way too much control of the government(City of Mississauga).
There are plenty of rental buildings/units in Mississauga as well as many many condo units fort rent by investors.
Give builders more incentives and they will build rental units.
Let the free market do what is needed not more controls!!!!

Mr. J 5 months ago

what about pensions we are barely getting by now and you are talking rents $2,500 its more rents in the $600 to $700 so a little dignity and look after our selves thats what is needed

2177 5 months ago

Stopping rental-to-condo conversion and rental property demolition is just a band-aid. You're addressing symptoms but the issues are infinitely more deep-rooted than that.

Why are few if any rental properties being built? Why were there more purpose-built rental properties constructed in 1972 alone than in the sum total of all the units built in the 25 years after that?

I have 19 pages of bullet notes about the housing and affordable housing crisis that I presented to two deaf MPPs last summer. I'm happy to share them with you if you contact me directly.

cseepe 6 months ago

Let the free market decide who lives where. Ontario is drowning in debt. Mississauga debt continue to grow. We need less government interference.

Fg 6 months ago

Make laneway housing legal

Dale Paredes 6 months ago

Renting is a pain for newcomers and other people who were legally admitted to Canada. There is a need to solve this problem

Bassam 6 months ago

As a disclaimer, I am a tenant and I don't own the condo where I have been living for the past 3 years. Please try to ensure landlords have full control over their owned units or buildings. Trying to do otherwise will just hurt real-estate investment in the city. If you see any bright side of not doing this, I believe it will be a short term one and indicates some longer term vision problems. Try to study effects of rental control in other countries, an extreme form where I was born, my Dad owns a condo worth 2.5M in local currency and is rented out for 25. Yes, only 25. Sale price is 100,000 multiples of the monthly rent. He doesn't have any control on his unit or can evict tenants or increase the rent. This carries an economic effect of 60 years of bad decisions of rent control for the protection of the MIDDLE class. You can try to imagine the social problems created because of the unjust. It is an extreme example but still an eye opener. If the government really wants to help, THEY should help by making it easier and CHEAPER to build and develop. Not to go after and punish landlords who decided to invest in the city or the province.

Ahmed 6 months ago

The more that small landlords lose property rights to the homes they own, the fewer people want to be landlords, leaving less rental stock available dispersed throughout nice family-friendly neighbourhoods (ie basement apartments, whole-house or townhouse rentals provided by individuals who live in one home while purchasing a 2nd as an investment). This puts more strain on the city to supply rental apartments - which in turn inevitably leads to rental high-rise ghettos as the city attempts to keep costs down, since the city cannot purchase, administer and maintain a wide variety of rental stock throughout various socio-economic neighbourhoods in a cost-effective manner.

Mila 6 months ago

The city has no business interfering in the free market. Now you will need a whole beaurocracy of administrators. Govern but don’t run anything stop this before it gets started

Peter d 6 months ago

If you want to rent your own condo townhome, do you need to apply for a permit with the city of Mississauga?
Thanks.

rentalquest 6 months ago

While I think carl1969 is correct with some areas turning ghetto with all the apartments like paisley off of hurontario in Mississauga. I rent my apartment and rely on apartment rentals as I can’t physically afford to own in this market. If my apartment was to be some to condos I would be left homeless and probably have to rent some closet condo for $1800 a month.

Ktuhlin 6 months ago

I agree with carl1969. Benefits are much greater to the individuals to not be in large "ghetto" subsidized. I have a brother and sister-in-law living in a condo with rental properties within and they are far more happier and feel normalized.
As a society in whole I believe this to benefit all.
CurlerR

Curler$ 6 months ago

I believe there is enough rental housing in the city of Mississauga...too much rental housing in any one district causes districts to become almost "ghetto" example meadowvale area near meadowvale town centre...I really think that dividing rental/owner housing is better so even if some rental properties were sold for condos it is positive as it gives a positive example for renters to mimic owners in terms of taking care of personal property/behavior in the community etc. I am a resident of Mississauga and own my home

carl1969 6 months ago