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Landlord Contract Program
Queen's runs a voluntary program for landlords who have had their units inspected by an independent third party for compliance with the City of Kingston's property standards by-law. This By-law describes standards for such items as pest prevention, structural soundness, windows and doors, kitchens, walls, ceilings, floors, egress, steps, handrails, heating systems, bathrooms, ventilation, and yards. Units that are a part of the Program are identified by a tri-colour logo in the listings summary and details. As such these units have passed an inspection within the last 12 months and appear to meet the City's minimum property standards as of a specific date.
Units that are under the Landlord Contract Program are extended an exemption under the Residential Tenancies Act. The exemption permits a Tenancy Termination Agreement to be signed at the time that the lease is signed. In other words, if you are a tenant of a unit in the Landlord Contract Program, you will be agreeing to terminate your tenancy at the conclusion of the lease. Most landlords have a period of time in which they allow tenants to apply to be considered for a new lease on the same unit. Landlords with units in the program are required to provide a copy of the Landlord Program Contract to the tenants when signing the lease.
The program has recently undergone some changes. Beginning in October 2010, an annual membership fee of $20/unit is applicable. The process for getting/keeping a unit on the program begins with the completion of the Landlord Contract Program Application Form which the landlord provides to their chosen OAPSO Certified Property Standards Officer (CSPO) at the time of inspection. Once the unit passes, the CSPO completes the bottom portion of the application form and the landlord returns the document to our office along with either a) completed tenant consent forms for new membership applications or; b) notice of termination from current tenants for renewing membership applications. Once all paperwork and a non-refundable processing fee of $20 per application is received, preparation of the contract will be initiated. The application process must be completed each year. Please allow a minimum of two weeks processing time.
If you have questions about the program, including whether or not your unit is in it, please email or call our office.