At the October 2, 2023 Oshawa council meeting, council voted against expanding the Residential Rental Housing Licensing (RRHL) program city-wide.
Councillor Nicholson asked to break the recommendations contained in Report SF-23-28 into two sections for voting purposed. Parts 1 to 13 recommended implementing the RRHL city-wide and detailed what units would be impacted. Part 14 recommended forming an advisory committee to deal with the issues.
Parts 1-13 lost 3 to 5. Voting in favour were Councillors Giberson, Lee and Neal. Voting against were Councillors Kerr, Marimpietri, Marks, Nicholson and Chapman. Mayor Carter and Councillor Gray had declarations, and Councillor McConkey was absent.
Part 14 lost in a tie 4-4. Voting in favour were Councillors Giberson, Kerr, Neal and Nicholson. Voting against were Councillors Lee, Marimpietri, Marks and Chapman. Mayor Carter and Councillor Gray had declarations, and Councillor McConkey was absent.
Councillor Kerr introduced a motion, seconded by Councillor Giberson:
That staff be directed to investigate the dissolution of the current RRHL and that those staff resources be applied in targeted unsafe housing applications.
This motion passed 7-1. Voting in favour were Councillors Chapman, Giberson, Kerr, Nicholson, Lee, Marimpietri and Marks. Councillor Neal voted against. Mayor Carter and Councillor Gray had declarations, and Councillor McConkey was absent.
DRHBA sent in numerous letters to committee and council against the expansion, and the Association is pleased that council voted against it.