Vacant, and/or unoccupied, properties, according to the town of Oakville’s website, are ones that are not maintained and can become infested with pests, attract trespassers, and negatively impact p
Vacant, and/or unoccupied, properties, according to the town of Oakville’s website, are ones that are not maintained and can become infested with pests, attract trespassers, and negatively impact property values.
Oakville’s current property standards by-law addresses some of the issues that vacant properties present. However, there are still some issues, such as ensuring that buildings are regularly inspected and have sufficient insurance, that need to be addressed.
As a result, the town of Oakville is introducing a vacant registry by-law in order to regulate vacant properties.
So, what exactly does this mean?
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According to a recent press release from the town, owners of vacant properties will be required to register their property(s) with the town as of January 2020.
Municipal enforcement staff, as noted in the release, will be proactively monitoring properties that seem to be vacant.
A draft of the vacant registry by-law will be presented to council at the planning and development council meeting that is being held on June 10.
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What do you think of the town’s decision to introduce this by-law?
We will provide updates as they become available.