City Council last night voted to limit their regulation of what were known as Owner Occupied “rooming houses” to those places rented out for fewer than 30 days. This restores the status quo Regina has experienced for more than a decade, as people felt free to rent to room-mates without licenses (while they were technically in violation of a bylaw that could put them in jail for a year for doing so!). Now there will be no more bylaw restricting this sort of use in a private dwelling, so hopefully housing supply will not suffer.
Here’s one delegation filed:
Mayor and Council,
I would like to recommend that the Rooming House definition be dropped from the city bylaws. I was an international student from Thailand but now am a permanent resident of Canada studying at the University of Regina and know many other international students that have come here from abroad to study.
For many students living in a Rooming House have been a necessity based on price of rent and availability of housing. I have known several students that have lived in a home with the homeowner and it has always been a good situation for them.
Removal of this bylaw definition will allow many of my friends to stay living where they are and carrying on with their studies.