Queen’s runs a voluntary program for landlords who have had their units inspected by an independent third party for compliance with the City of Kingston’s property standards by-law. This By-law describes standards for such items as pest prevention, structural soundness, windows and doors, kitchens, walls, ceilings, floors, egress, steps, handrails, heating systems, bathrooms, ventilation, and yards.
Units that are under the Landlord Contract Program are extended an exemption under the Residential Tenancies Act. The exemption permits a Tenancy Termination Agreement to be signed at the time that the lease is signed. In other words, if you are a tenant of a unit in the Landlord Contract Program, you will be agreeing to terminate your tenancy at the conclusion of the lease. Most landlords have a period of time in which they allow tenants to apply to be considered for a new lease on the same unit. Landlords with units in the program are required to provide a copy of the Landlord Program Contract to the tenants when signing the lease.