GOAL: Increase access to adequate and affordable market and non-market rental housing and support for tenants ant landlords. 

Objective 2.1 Identify market and non-market rental housing gaps and potential solutions.

Key Actions:


a) Compile, synthesize and analyze existing rental housing data (including stock numbers and renter demographics) and make recommendations to address gaps between supply and demand.  

b) Conduct a cost-benefit analysis of repurposing older housing stock and/or new construction to address non-market rental housing gaps (as identified in 2.1a).

Objective 2.2 Improve rental outcomes for both landlords and tenants.

Key Actions:


a) Expand upon existing rental housing educational courses designed for landlords and tenants.

b) Create an online “one stop shop” directory that captures all rental and housing information and educational resources publicly available.

c) Develop a mechanism to connect landlords and tenants to advocacy resources in support of the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act [1] dispute resolution process.

d) Develop an awareness campaign focusing on rights and responsibilities of, and resources available to, landlords and tenants.

e) Reinforce the authority of the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act [2] by referring tenant and landlord issues to its administrators.

 

[1] Subject to the enactment of the legislation. 

[2] Subject to the enactment of the legislation. 

Objective 2.3 Increase the quantity and quality of market rental housing stock.

Key Actions:


a) Review current government rental housing incentive programs and recommend changes to address gaps (as identified in 2.1a), with a priority on affordable units. 

b) Identify policy and legislative barriers to the development of legal [1] rental units and recommend strategies to overcome them. 

c) Develop incentives targeted at increasing the quantity of adequate rental housing units that are compliant with applicable regulations.

d) Develop and distribute information to current/prospective landlords and developers on the need for rental housing stock and available incentive and funding programs.

 

 

[1] The term “legal” refers to compliance with all applicable bylaws, codes, and regulations.

 

Objective 2.4 Increase quantity and quality of non-market rental housing stock.

Key Actions:


a) Address the priority housing needs (identified in 2.1a) by repurposing old stock, building new units, or both.

b) Develop and deliver awareness campaigns to build a shared understanding of rental housing terminology and combat negative stereotypes. 

c) Review income assessment methods and create a standardized model for voluntary adoption by non-market rental housing providers.

d) Review current portable rent supplement programs and recommend changes.

e) Research and make recommendations to create incentive programs designed to increase private sector and non-government partnerships in non-market rental housing.

f) Review current practices and recommend strategies to reduce land planning, zoning and permitting barriers to mixed housing.

 

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