The District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) wishes to increase engagement and cooperation with local landlords. In the current context of soaring energy costs and high rates of inflation, more and more local residents are struggling to pay their rent. In response, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) has released additional funding, such as the Canada Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB) to help supplement rent for those who cannot afford to pay. While our housing stability team provides direct support to clients, we also act as a point of contact for local landlords. For example, if you have a tenant struggling to pay rent and/or utilities you can reach out to our office to facilitate an individualized plan of support. The goal is to keep as many tenants stably housed as possible, while maintaining your rental income and reducing tenant turnover.
Landlord Engagement Survey
Our first landlord engagement survey was conducted in 2022 and helped us to compile data on the local rental market, advocate for funding, and increase our understanding of the issues faced by local landlords. We hope to build on that knowledge with a new survey this year. Some questions remain the same, allowing us to compare changes in the housing market from year-to-year, while others have been added to explore new ideas. The survey is open to all landlords with rental properties in the District of Parry Sound. Survey Responses are anonymous, but you can choose to provide your contact information for follow-up purposes. Individual responses will not be shared with the public.
Please take 5 minutes to complete this short Landlord Survey.
The more data we can compile about the local rental market, the stronger our case will be to the MMAH to advocate for more funding. Another important aspect of the survey is that it allows space for you, as a landlord, to express what you may want or need in terms of support.