New Residential Rental Licensing By-Law
The City of Windsor is launching a new Residential Rental Licensing Pilot Study aimed at improving safety in existing rental housing stock and enhancing proactive property standards enforcement efforts.
The two-year pilot study follows the regulatory framework approved by City Council back in April and begins with the proclamation of By-law #14-2023 on February 13, 2023.
Under the new by-law, owners of properties in wards 1 and 2 that contain four or fewer units are now required to secure a residential rental licence for each rented unit.
To secure a licence, property owners will need to take the following steps:
Complete a licence application form
Confirm ownership and show proper insurance
Provide a local contact for the unit
Show that the unit meets legislated requirements, including Building Code, Fire Code, and Electrical Safety Standards
Licence applications will be due by May 31, 2023.
By-law Enforcement staff will focus on education and outreach prior to the application deadline and officers will then shift their activities to enforcement efforts focused on unlicensed properties starting June 1, 2023.
Residents who wish to report a suspected rental housing unit should do so by contacting 311 as follows:
Additional information and links to application forms and supporting documents are available on the City's website at CityW.ca/RRL