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London Property Management Association

 

Assisting Landlords since 1967

London Property Management Association

London Property Management Association (LPMA) is a non-profit organization, located in London, Ontario Canada, that provides information and education to landlords.

LPMA represents the interests of both large and small property owners. The association has more than 400 landlord members representing approximately 35,000 rental units. The majority of members own or manage 10 or less rental units.

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Drive for 600

LPMA has reached our goal of 500 members. Now, we are driving for 600 members.

Tell a prospective member about LPMA, and if that person joins, you will receive $25 off your next membership renewal.

Landlords
Membership is open to landlords and property management professionals who own or manage one or more residential rental unit.
Businesses
Associate memberships are available for companies that provide goods or services to the property management industry.

Office To Open Late April 23

The office will not open until approximately 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 23 due to a meeting.

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Rent Increase Guidelines & Interest on Deposit

The rent increase guideline is the amount that the rent may be increased without an order. The interest on deposit is equal to the rent increase guideline.

The rent increase guideline does not apply to:

  • vacant residential units
  • residential units first occupied on or after Nov 1, 1991
  • commerical property

Rent Increase Guideline

  • 2013 - 2.5%
    Jan 1/13-Dec 31/13

  • 2014 - 0.8%
    Jan 1/14-Dec 31/14

Residential Tenancies Act

The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) is the legislation that governs landlord and tenant relationships in the Province of Ontario.

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Licensing

The City of London Council passed the landlord licensing by-law on Monday, September 21, 2009 by a vote of 13 to 4.

The by-law took effect March 1, 2010. Instructions and forms are available from the City of London's website.

For more information, email the rental licensing department.

On September 23, 2010, London Property Management Association (LPMA) filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to quash the licensing by-law.

The application was heard on May 9 and 10, 2011 in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in London. A written decision was received in early October. The bylaw was upheld. LPMA filed an appeal of the decision.

The City of London sought a further judgment against LPMA for approximately $28,500.00 of legal costs.  Cohen Highley opposed the request on the basis that LPMA in this case was a “public interest litigant” therefore no costs should be awarded.  The denial of costs to a successful litigant is rare; however, in her Endorsement on Costs, Justice Leitch agreed with LPMA’s position

After receiving the Court’s decision, LPMA sought a further opinion from Cohen Highley with respect to the merits of an appeal.  Counsel’s view was that there was merit to an appeal; however, the Counsel also recommended that the Board seek a second opinion.  A second opinion was sought and obtained from Aird Berlis LLP, which concluded that an appeal was more likely than not to fail.  Taking all circumstances into account, the LPMA Board decided in late December not to continue its legal challenge.  The Notice of Appeal which had been filed with the Ontario Court of Appeal was withdrawn.  Read the full version of the update to members.

Tenant Tax Article -Renters News

Licensing Fee Increase 2013 Budget
The City of London is proposing a fee increase from $25 per building per year to $80 per building per year for renewals and $230 per building per year for new applications.

February 13, 2013 Press Release re: Licensing Fee Increase

Submissions to City Council at February 13 Public Budget Meeting

CFAA Newsletter

LPMA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations (CFAA), an association that deals with landlord and tenant issues on a federal level. CFAA publishes a quarterly newsletter that is viewable on their website.


By-law F-6

On November 11, the Community and Protective Services Committee (CAPS) voted in favour of a change to By-law F-6 that allows the fire department to charge property owners for "extraordinary costs" if the property owner fails to take steps to prevent a fire. Seven days later, the by-law went to Council and it was passed. When LPMA became aware that the by-law was approved by the CAPS Committee and was on City Council's agenda, we wrote to City Council and requested that they defer the issue so that we would have an opportunity to review and provide input into the proposed bylaw. Our request was debated at City Council and denied.  

This by-law applies to all property owners across the City, not just landlords. This change to By-Law F-6 would allow the fire department at the discretion of the Fire Chief or by “or anyone appointed by the fire chief”, to do the work and then bill the property owner for the “extraordinary costs”.  I’m sure that most of you have heard the coverage of this by-law change on the news and/or in the paper. There is nothing set out in this amendment to deem what is “extraordinary.” In reality, this could mean hefty charges coming back to Landlords for tenant occupied units.

Update
Representatives from LPMA attended a public participation meeting on December 16. The by-law was referred back to staff for further consultation.

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Last revised: 22-apr-14