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News & Newsletter 2015
 
 
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Off-Campus Housing Office

Our office is in Ontario Hall, Room 3.C.1. Our address is 230 Sarnia Rd., London, ON, N6G 0N2. Access to our office will be via the Western Rd. access into Althouse College/Western Day Care/Perth Hall.

Map Of the Off-Campus Office

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Website and Social Media Upgrades

Our website underwent a facelift in the fall of 2015! The website, offcampus.uwo.ca, now has a streamlined, modern appearance which highlights rental listings. Information is easy-to-find for students and landlords. Upcoming events and important dates will be featured on the home page as well.

We will launch a second Twitter account in 2016 as an additional feature to advertising with us. Our new Twitter account will only post rental listings. As soon as your rental listing is activated on our website, it will appear in our Twitter feed. Students following our Twitter account will instantly see new rental listings!

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2016 Pricing

Pricing for our annual access fee will slightly increase on January 1, 2016, while the listing fees will remain the same. Landlords can now include up to six pictures per listing.

Annual Access Fee = $20

Our access fee is paid once, on a rolling basis, every 12 months. This fee 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.

  • 60 Day Listing with Pictures* = $10
  • 6 Month Listing with Pictures* = $25
  • 1 Year Listing with Pictures* = $45
  • *A maximum of six pictures per listing are allowed

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Rent Increase Guidelines 2016

The Ontario Government has set the rent increase guideline at 2% for 2016.

This is the maximum amount a landlord can increase rent for a current tenant, if at least 12 months have passed since the tenancy began. 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.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/.

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Mandatory Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Last year, the Ontario government passed legislation making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes. The new regulation, which came into effect October 15, 2014, includes the following changes:

  • Testing and maintenance requirements that apply to smoke alarm now apply to CO alarms
  • Under the Fire Code amendments, CO alarms will be required in existing residential occupancies, where:
    • Single dwelling homes (e.g. privately owned homes) that have an attached storage garage and/or a fuel burning appliance will require CO alarms only near sleeping areas of these occupancies and not throughout the entire home.
    • Multi-unit buildings (e.g. apartment buildings, hotels etc.) that have a fuel burning appliance/service room. Within these buildings, CO alarms will only be required:
      • Near sleeping areas of suites that contain a fuel burning appliance within the suite.
      • Near sleeping areas of suites that are adjacent to a storage garage and/or service room with a fuel burning appliance.
 

Visit Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management for any answers to frequently asked questions about CO alarms and this legislation.

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Average Rental Prices 2015

Average rental prices, as of May 2015, based on our Off-Campus Listings:

 
  Inclusive Non-Inclusive
Bachelor Apartment $593 $676
1 Bedroom Apartment $641 $762
2 Bedroom Apartment $524/bdrm $488/bdrm
3 Bedroom House $514/bdrm $500/bdrm
4 Bedroom House $450/bdrm $468/bdrm
Rooms $445 $465
Apartment to Share $533 $554
House to Share $488 $440
 

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London's Rental Vacancy Rate

As of April 2015 the vacancy rate for London, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, is 3.8%. This rate is up from 3.6% in 2014. Canada's national rental vacancy rate is 2.9% as of April 2015, while the Ontario rental vacancy rate is 2.5%.

Over the past few years, Western University has increased first year enrolment from 4350 students to 4900 students. The university continues to look at increasing graduate and international student enrolment, but this will not be significant enough to affect the marketplace.

For more information, please visit the CMHC web site: www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca.

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International Students

To meet the university's efforts to increase the number of international students, our office will continue to dedicate a student position in the summer to help international students find options for their accommodations. We will be continuing this position in the summer of 2016 and the role will be to filter through our listings based on the search criteria given by the student. Our student staff will then contact the landlord of the listing that meets the student's needs.

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Housing Mediation Service

Western University operates a Housing Mediation Service which offers landlords and tenants a forum to discuss their concerns:

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NOTICE: Holiday Closure

The office will be closed for the holidays at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 and re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016. Our online listings will continue to be available during the holiday closure.

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