100-home blitz leads to handful of inexpensive houses for Ottawa’s low-income households


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The Jap Ontario Landlord Affiliation (EOLO) helped discover property house owners with vacant items for hire.

The blitz largely trusted the supply of items and the willingness of landlords to take part.

However in accordance with EOLO government director John Dickie, the timing of the blitz wasn’t very best.

“The entire notion of attempting to do one thing in housing in two months was an idea that I might have predicted wouldn’t have labored effectively,” Dickie mentioned.

Anybody who rents a unit is aware of there’s a compulsory 60-day discover interval to landlords earlier than vacating. Asserting the blitz greater than every week into August realistically, however nonetheless optimistically, put in play items that may be accessible in October or November.

One other drawback has been the sorts of rental items which have seen elevated vacancies in the course of the pandemic. Dickie mentioned these houses have been higher-end items that wouldn’t align with the affordability necessities for low-income tenants.

Including to the problems, landlords wish to signal a brand new tenant shortly when a unit turns into vacant. Ready for companies to seek out tenants and ensure subsidies doesn’t reply to the pace of enterprise, Dickie mentioned.

The blitz may not have achieved the tough purpose, however Dickie mentioned the success of discovering folks houses ought to nonetheless be acknowledged.

“I don’t care if it’s 10 or 35 folks. To them, this isn’t a failure,” he mentioned.

Whereas solely 4 folks acquired inexpensive items within the blitz interval, Burkholder Harris mentioned there are about 30 extra households within the pipeline for rental houses.