Opponents of a proposed rental housing by-law have won their battle.
They packed city council chambers on Tuesday, for the third time in a little over a year, battling against a controversial new law that would have seen landlords pay $100 per apartment each year to license their units.
In the end, the planning committee relented opting to focus instead on an existing program that cracks down on derelict units by voting to hire four full-time staff to investigate local properties under an existing enforcement rogram.
It is an effort to crack down on substandard housing, particularly in the neighbourhoods around McMaster University and Mohawk College.
Had the rental housing by-law been approved, affordable housing advocates say it could have displaced as many as 10,000 residents.
Councillors heard from a few dozen opponents of the bylaw over several hours before voting on Tuesday evening.