Another contentious issue at the City’s Planning Committee yesterday and, to their credit, they got it right.
They decided not to force landlords to pay a licencing fee for buildings with six or less units.
Let’s face it; the fee would just be added on to the rent and probably force thousands of residents out on the street.
I know that there are some sketchy landlords who are breaking the rules.
But you don’t fix that by imposing a fee, you do it by enforcing the bylaws that already exist.
So the Committee decided to do what we’ve been suggesting all along, hire more inspectors and come down hard on the offenders.
So, there you go… a common sense solution that didn’t take years and, unlike some past decisions, the City won’t have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars at an Ontario Municipal Board hearing to defend indefensible bylaws.
I hope the Committee learns from this.
If you apply a little common sense to contentious issues, City Planning doesn’t have to be the divisive and costly exercise that we’ve seen lately.