Top 10 Tenant Facts in Ottawa 2013

 1. According to the latest Census data (2006), tenants comprise 34% of Ottawa households.
2. Tenants pay approximately 1.7% more in property taxes through their rents than homeowners of comparable units, even though tenants have approximately half the income.

3. There were just over 4,500 eviction applications filed at the Landlord and Tenant Board in Ottawa from October 2011 through September 2012, mostly tenants struggling to pay their rent.

4. Landlords are well organized through organizations such as the Ottawa Region Landlords Association, Eastern Ontario Landlords Organization, and the Fair Rental Policy Organization. Conversely, tenants have no formal structure to have their voices heard. This creates an imbalance during consultation processes.

5. There are no limits on the amount of rent that a landlord can charge a new tenant.

6. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the local vacancy rate is 1.4 per cent. Analysts agree that a ‘healthy’ vacancy rate is 3 per cent. Without rent control on vacant units, landlords can charge whatever they want since tenants have less choice. It also gives landlords more incentive to evict tenants as a way to raise rents.

7. Ottawa has the 3rd highest rents in Canada, after Vancouver and Toronto.

8. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in 2011 

*Based on the above a single person in any of these

income categories cannot afford a bachelor apartment.*

9. According to the Alliance to End Homelessness Report Card in 2011 “Ottawa created more new affordable housing units than in any of the previous seven years”. Although this is good, based on the above noted rent versus income statistics Ottawa still needs much more affordable housing.

10. According to the Alliance to End Homelessness Report Card “ ‘A Living Wage’ in Ottawa would be $13.50 per hour in 2011 without benefits and based on a 35-hour week. That allows a person to make ends meet and avoid supplementing their incomes by relying on food banks and other social services. It meets Statistics Canada Low Income Cut-off for a community the size of Ottawa”. The current minimum wage (since 2010) is $10.25.

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