Comment 80622

By TDR (registered) - website | Posted September 06, 2012 at 14:10:32 in reply to Comment 80597

By “I love it”, I assume you mean that you DON’T love it?

What I’m writing here is not about the Westdale student situation. Unlike Southside Bill above, I don’t believe that all rentals are created equal. Students (unlike regular tenants) are, by definition, short term tenants living in shared accommodation. Their house is not their home. The zoning laws are also not the same. It’s apples and oranges. I’m not talking about student rentals, I’m talking about house or apartment rentals to adults and families in downtown Hamilton.

You actually state the point perfectly here - you would rather tell an investor to clean up their rental property than to tell a home owner how to live in their home. What about home-owners whose houses are in poor repair and have “rotting porches, unkempt lawns, rusting rails, etc”? You just grind your teeth and put up with it? Or call by-law (and the tax payer foots the bill?).

I’m putting forth the proposition that tenants be given monetary incentive to keep apartments in good shape. And, again, purpose-built rentals create a ghetto. Mixed-income (and mixed type) neighbourhoods are the way to go.

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