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 The Notice of Appeal which had been filed with the Ontario Court of Appeal was withdrawn.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.
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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