The enrollment at UOttawa nearly doubled in the past 10 years and this has put a strain on the Sandy Hill community. We need to better control bunkhouses but we must also be proactive in addressing the underlying need they tend to serve: the lack of affordable housing for students.
Institute landlord licensing
- Strict criteria on the number of rooms allowed and a mandatory minimum amount of shared living space
- Limited number of licenses given out
- Force landlords to develop a maintenance plan (trash management, noise, cleanliness, fire safety, etc.)
- Regular inspections and steep penalties for infractions (such as heavy fines and a loss of the license for repeat offenders).
Build affordable housing for students
- Work with the university to develop quality, affordable student accommodations, in partnership with the city.
- Decentralize accommodations across the city and provide incentives such as free public transportation to help offset costs for students
Promote better relations between all parties
- Work to retain the vibrant diversity of town and gown neighbourhoods like Sandy Hill by encouraging and valorize positive contributions of students
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