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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.
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!
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.
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/.
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:
Visit Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management for any answers to frequently asked questions about CO alarms and this legislation.
Average Rental Prices 2015
Average rental prices, as of May 2015, based on our Off-Campus Listings:
|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|
|Apartment to Share||$533||$554|
|House to Share||$488||$440|
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.
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.
Housing Mediation Service
Western University operates a Housing Mediation Service which offers landlords and tenants a forum to discuss their concerns:
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.