➗Taylor Houstoun

Endorsement Quote: "I endorse the Starts With Home campaign! However, I can't commit to necessarily funding 30% of city-bought homes for indigenous members of the community; homelessness knows no bounds and First Nations members of our community only make up 2.9% of the city's population. My approach would be to give proportionally to the homeless indigenous population."

1. Stop the Loss ✔️Tenants Protections: "Although this is primarily provincial jurisdiction, it is partly the city's responsibility to try and stop people being pushed out of their homes in disingenuous ways by landlords who aren't truly investing in their properties, but are seeking easy out's for old tenants." ✔️Housing Acquisition: "This is crucial. It is important that the city help manage and support non-profit housing to both lower rents, and provide homes for people who would otherwise be left homeless. The city should have also better maintained its non-profit housing over the years, and we need a bold strategy to reinvigorate Ottawa with non-profit units."
2. Create More ✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "Broadly, yes. Fine details are always difficult, but I fully support mixed-income neighbourhoods, non-profit housing based on family income (so long as it is not at a financial loss to the city), and a total rethink of zoning bylaws." ❌Increased Budget: "As mentioned earlier, I would not commit to this outright without seeing statistics. I believe in a roughly proportional (by percentage of population) approach to this type of funding."
3. Preserve the Quality ❌Landlord Licensing: "This is currently vague and ill-thought-out in its present form. It opens the door to a) landlords whose primary dealings are in cash, and b) corporation-weilding landlords that can move money around, to fully abuse any reimbursement system. Meanwhile licensing would have only the power of a bylaw infraction to it at the city level. It will naturally discourage landlords that want to do everything properly, while being entirely ignored by those who know they might (if reported) get fined a paltry sum. It will simply be a cost of doing business. And any tenant will know that reporting will create a hostile environment, further discouraging this behaviour. There are likely other plans out there that are more likely to achieve these goals. For example, (though there may be jurisdictional issues here) it may be more prudent for the city to be first-dibs buyer at market value minus estimated repair costs of any building owned by a landlord that has related RTA infractions against them. And perhaps the city may compel landlords who have violated the RTA to submit to a registration-type system with aditional rules." ✔️Ombudsperson: "Yes. An ombudsman would be a good idea if a new regulatory regime was put in place that they could oversee."

Link to website: taylorh.ca

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