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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 upgrade to our website to improve the user experience for landlords and students:

Mobile Friendly Website

The rental listing website is now mobile friendly for devices such as smartphones and tablets. This means when viewing our rental listings or using the landlord portal from your mobile device, the website will re-size itself so it is easier to view and operate.

Students will enjoy this upgrade because they undoubtedly visit the rental listing website most often from their mobile device.

Landlords can benefit from the mobile friendly website because they can log in to their landlord portal and keep on top of their rental listings while on the go.

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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2019 Pricing

Our pricing remains the same for 2019.

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* = $15
  • 6 Month Listing with Pictures* = $30
  • 1 Year Listing with Pictures* = $50
  • *A maximum of six pictures per listing are allowed

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Rent Increase Guidelines 2019

The Ontario Government has set the rent increase guideline at 1.8% for 2019*.

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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Average Rental Prices 2018

Average rental prices taken from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Report - October 2018:

 
Bachelor Apartment $699
1 Bedroom Apartment $877
2 Bedroom Apartment $1,087
3 Bedroom Apartment $1,240

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

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London's Rental Vacancy Rate

As of fall 2018, the vacancy rate for London, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, is 2.1%. This rate is up from 1.8% in 2017. Canada's national rental vacancy rate is 2.4% for 2018, while the Ontario rental vacancy rate is 1.8%.

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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Ontario Standard Lease

The Ontario Standard Lease requirement was implemented on April 30, 2018. If Ontario rental law applies, landlords of private residential units, including individual landlords and property management companies, have to use a standard lease template for all leases signed after April 30, 2018. The Ontario Standard Lease uses easy-to-understand language to ensure that landlords and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities. The standard lease aims to reduce illegal terms in leases, minimize misunderstandings between landlords and tenants, and reduce the need for the Landlord and Tenant Board to resolve disputes.

The standard lease will contain:

  • Mandatory fields - basic information including names of landlord and tenant, tenancy term, rent amount, services included, and other agreed upon terms such as rent deposits, key deposits, and renter's insurance.
  • Optional additional terms - agreed upon terms of responsibilities that are unique to a rental unit.
  • General information - rights, responsibilities, and details applicable to landlords and tenants such as ending a tenancy, subletting, illegal charges, pets, guests, landlord entry.

If a lease was signed after April 30, 2018 and the tenants did not receive a standard lease, the tenant may request in writing a standard lease from their landlord. The landlord must provide a standard lease within 21 days. If the landlord fails to provide the standard lease within 21 days, then the tenant may withhold one month's rent. If the landlord still fails to provide the standard lease within 30 days after the tenant began withholding rent, the tenant does not have to repay that one month's rent. However, the tenant may not withhold more than one month's and must resume paying rent for the rest of the lease term. If a standard lease is never provided, special rules allow for terminating the lease early. Tenants who signed a lease before April 30, 2018 cannot ask for a standard lease unless a new lease agreement is discussed.

For more information, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website: www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18704.aspx

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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 2019 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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