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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.

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Website Upgrades

We are excited to have made the following upgrades to our website to improve the user experience for landlords:

Editing a Listing

If you have an active listing on our website, you can now edit it through the landlord portal to make an instantaneous update (ex. lease term, number of bedrooms). Please note that though you can update comments and pictures, they will still need to be approved by our office and any changes made in these two fields will not go live instantaneously.

E-commerce

We have now launched e-commerce, allowing landlords to pay for their listing online. Even with an online payment, new listings and re-posts of old listings will still need to be approved by our office before becoming live on our website. However, if you want to bump an active listing and pay online, your listing will be bumped instantaneously that includes evenings and weekends! If you prefer to pay through our office, simply select the "offline payment method" when posting your listing.

We strive to provide a seamless and user-friendly experience for all. Please contact our office if you have questions or issues regarding the new upgrades to our website.

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2018 Pricing

Our pricing remains the same for 2018.

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 2018

The Ontario Government has set the rent increase guideline at 1.8% for 2018*.

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/.

*As of April 20, 2017, buildings built after 1991 are now subject to rent control and must adhere to the rent increase guideline.

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Ontario's New Standard Lease for Landlords

A new standard lease is being introduced in Ontario and must be used by landlords for any leases signed on or after April 30, 2018. This includes tenancies for single and semi-detached houses, apartment buildings, rented condominiums, and secondary units (such as basement apartments).

More information can be found on the Ministry of Housing's newsroom web page.

A copy of the standard lease for use can be found here.

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Average Rental Prices 2017

Average rental prices on our website calculated at various points during 2017:

 
  Inclusive Non-Inclusive
Bachelor Apartment $680 $637
1 Bedroom Apartment $760 $736
2 Bedroom Apartment $586/bdrm $495/bdrm
3 Bedroom House $570/bdrm $527/bdrm
4 Bedroom House $539/bdrm $519/bdrm
Rooms $470/bdrm $401/bdrm
Apartment to Share $550/bdrm $536/bdrm
House to Share $498/bdrm $475/bdrm
 

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London's Rental Vacancy Rate

As of fall 2017, the vacancy rate for London, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, is 1.8%. This rate is down from 2.1% in 2016. Canada's national rental vacancy rate is 3.0% for 2017, while the Ontario rental vacancy rate is 1.6%.

Over the past few years, Western University has increased first year enrolment from 4350 students to 5300 students. The University continues to look at increasing graduate and international student enrolment, but due to the Province changing the funding formula for students in 2017, Western has capped its enrolment of first year students at 5100.

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

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An Update to Eviction for Personal Use

Effective September 1, 2017, a tenant that is given a notice of eviction under section 48 of the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act must now be compensated. The landlord must compensate the tenant in an amount equal to one month's rent or offer another rental unit acceptable to the tenant. Furthermore, the landlord or family member must intend to live in the unit for at least one year. If proven that the landlord has acted in bad faith, the landlord could be fined up to $25,000. More information can be found here.

This update is in accordance to the amendments made to the Residential Tenancies Act by the Rental Fairness Act (2017). More information on the Rental Fairness Act can be found here.

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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 2018 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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