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Ottawa ACORN members calling on City Hall to introduce landlord licensing (VIDEO)

The agency says local renters have expressed concerns when it comes to bug treatment and maintenance issues

Ottawa ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) members rallied outside of City Hall to hang housing complaints on a clothesline, as a way to "air out landlords' dirty laundry."

Some concerns brought up were the lack of proper treatment when it comes to bed bugs and roaches, along with landlords not completing repairs on time.

Citywide chair for Ottawa ACORN, Blaine Cameron, is calling on the city to introduce landlord licensing, similar to what restaurants have.

"We think licensing where people actually live and sleep and carry out their lives should be regulated," he said.

"There are lots of delays and lots of loopholes where landlords can delay," added Cameron. "Tenants aren't left in the loop of what is happening, causing discouragement that the process doesn't work."

Cameron is looking forward to a public consolation that will be held in the new year, however, a final report won't be presented to council until spring of 2019.


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