The following information is useful for tenants, landlords and residents of London. It pertains to seasonal issues and areas of importance or interest for those living in London's off-campus community.
Please be aware that a number of institutions have reported that individuals have been contacting people with listings on their off-campus housing registries and offering to pay the entire year's rent with a cheque or money order.
We would ask that you be cautious with this as in some cases the money order or cheque is fraudulent. Typically what happens is that the individual sends several months worth of rent and almost immediately ask for all but one or two month's rent (deposit) to be returned. They do this in the hope that your bank will not recognize the forgery until the normal clearing process has happened. This would result in you being out the money that you have returned to them.
I am a 24yrs old lady from Cardiff, UK and I would be doing a program at the University. I am down to earth. I get along with people easily and I like meeting people.
I also like traveling, painting, listening to music, dancing, swimming, badminton, tennis and reading. I don't smoke and drink.
I would like to know the monthly rent and the terms and conditions for securing the rental. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.
Good morning , How are you doing today?
I hope you are doing pretty good well, I am 28years old from Great Britain. I saw your advert online and i am interested in your room /apartment for rent. I was born in great Britain, and I will be having my Study leave as a student doctor coming up soon in Canada.
Right now am in Wales for a program on children with heart related problems. My next program will be in Canada and i will need a room to stay. The most important thing is that i need to secure a room before my arrival to Canada.
Pls do get back to me with the room description,move in rent fees for the first month and any deposit if included. Kindly let me know the duration of the rent( How long do you intend to rent the room/apartment out for? ).
Am planing to be in Canada as soon as possible, i don't drink nor smoke,no pets and no boyfriend because i am a very busy lady only dedicated to my work.
Please kindly get back to me with the move in rent fee for the first month and i will appreciate it if you can furnish me with the room specification and pictures. Thanks and do hope to hear from you soonest.
As we move forward with improvements to our web site, we continue to survey students as we know they are the end users when looking to rent your rental accommodations. We have made several changes to our website that include:
One of the frustrating issues for all Internet users has to do with scam emails. We have added a feature to the ads so that students can email landlords directly from the ad. To help reduce potential scam emails, we have added a "CAPTCHA" feature so that automatic computer programs cannot simply read the emails on our site. Having said that, we understand that some landlords will still want their email on the advertisement and for those of you who wish to do this, we would suggest that you put your email address in the comments section of your ad.
We have also added a feature within your landlord portal that allows you to see your ad as it currently exists or will after activated on our website. We are continuing to work in this area that will eventually allow you to make changes in selected areas.
We will continue to upgrade our site with a focus on how students best use our site to find a match for their housing needs from the advertisements that you have posted.
In February/March of 2012, we completed a large survey of over 2000 students to learn their housing preferences. We usually do this survey every five to six years to determine housing search trends and preferences so we can pass this information along to landlords. Many of the points are similar to past years in that price and location are the primary decision makers when students decide to look for off-campus housing.
Some major points from the survey include:
There will be no pricing change for the 2013 year. Please review our regular pricing rates:
Annual Access Fee = $15
What's an Access Fee? It is a fee paid once every rolling 12 months that provides landlords with access to Western's Off-Campus Housing Service online listing system. Once you have access to the online listing system, you can place listings and upload pictures.
The Ontario Government has set the rent increase guideline at 2.5% for 2013.
This is the maximum amount a landlord can increase rent for a current tenant, if at least 12 months have passed since the move in date. A landlord must provide 90 days written notice to tenants before enforcing the rent increase.
This amount does not apply if you are renting to new tenants or those not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act.
For more information from the Landlord and Tenant Board, please visit: www.ltb.gov.on.ca
Average rental prices, as of May 2012, based on the Off-Campus Housing listings:
|Bachelor Apartment||$555 (inclusive)|
|One-bedroom Apartment||$667 + utilities|
|Two-bedroom Apartment||$886 + utilities|
|Three-bedroom Apartment||$1269 + utilities|
|Share House/Apt.||$456/489 + utilities|
The 2012 vacancy rate for London, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, is 3.7%. This rate is down from 4.7% in 2011, but it is above the 2012 national and provincial average of 2.3%.
For more information, please visit the CMHC web site: www.cmhc.ca
It is important for landlords to be aware of the responsibilities you have to your tenants:
Remove snow and ice from walkways and driveways when required:
Maintain your Rental Unit
Last year the City of London was challenged on the Residential Rental Units Licensing Bylaw. The result is the bylaw has been upheld by the courts and will remain in effect. Our service encourages landlords with applicable rental units to license with the City. It is a great advertising tool to include this in your rental listings, as students will look for this as a positive feature in a rental accommodation.
For more information on this bylaw, please visit the City's web site.
London Hydro has launched a new Property Management website for property owners in London. Visit the link here to register.
The University operates a Housing Mediation Service which offers landlords and tenants a forum to discuss their concerns:
The Off-Campus Housing Administrative office will be closed from 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 until 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The listings will continue to be available on our Web site: offcampus.uwo.ca