New $1,000 fee attacks student landlords in Oshawa

January 7, 2008

The city of Oshawa is proposing a new bylaw that some believe directly targets student housing.  The number of bedrooms in rental houses surrounding UOIT and Durham College will be capped at 4, regardless of the building's size.  Landlords will be required to pay a $250-per-bedroom annual licensing fee, and increase their insurance.  The bylaw will be debated by city council next week.  17 student houses in the city were raided by police and city officials in September.