Mr. Tracey hit this issue squarely on the head.
I’ve heard enough tenant stories over the years (including my own son) to know there is a problem.
I will be the first to say there are a lot of legal and safe rooms in Guelph, managed by responsible landlords. But there are enough rooms out there that would not pass inspection to warrant action. City Hall licences all sorts of things to protect public safety — dogs, hotels, motels, restaurants, car washes, nail salons, street vendors, pawnbrokers, holistic establishments, just to name a few — why would we not also licence the business of rental accommodation for the same reason, to protect the health and safety of tenants?
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