Canada's first "Certified Rental Building Program" launched in Ottawa



    OTTAWA, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - The Federation of Rental-housing Providers of
Ontario (FRPO) today officially launched the Certified Rental Building Program
(CRPB) for rental housing in Ottawa, ON, at Minto Apartments Limited "Sophia
II" apartment building complex, at 91 Valley Stream Drive, Ottawa.
    This residential rental housing initiative is the first quality assurance
program in North America, designed specifically for tenants (consumers).
    "In the Greater Ottawa Region, Minto Apartments Limited and Osgoode
Properties have already achieved full certification for all rental
properties," said FRPO's Director of Certification, Ted Whitehead. "In seven
months, since the Program's inaugural launch in Toronto, FRPO members have
enrolled over 78,000 suites in 1200+ buildings across Ontario."
    Said FRPO President & CEO Vince Brescia, "FRPO's goals with this Program
are to promote professionalism in our industry and provide tenants with a
quality assurance alternative when selecting their rental home.
    Added Whitehead, "FRPO's Accreditation Program provides its members with
a consistent set of standards that represent good value in rental housing for
Ontario consumers. The Program seal of approval communicates to consumers a
symbol of quality that helps tenants easily recognize well-run, well-managed
buildings.
    "A key benefit for Ontario tenants is that this Program provides added
peace of mind when they choose a CRBP-approved building. It confirms they have
selected a rental home where the property manager cares about the quality of
the rental building and the quality of service they provide to tenants," he
said.
    FRPO's goal is to have 100,000 suites and 1,500+ multi-residential
apartment buildings certified by the end of 2009. Whitehead said "Member
enrollment continues to grow and we are well on target to meet our 2009 goal.
    John Dickie, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization (EOLO)
said, "Several of our members have enrolled over 15,000 rental homes in the
CRB Program in Ottawa. EOLO supports its members who have enrolled in the CRB
Program, and promotes the responsible and effective management of all
residential rental properties."
    The Program will introduce a 'best practices' approach to the provincial
rental marketplace, to make it easier for tenants to recognize 'good'
buildings and 'good' property managers. For the first time in the rental
housing marketplace, renters have a quality assurance alternative when
selecting their apartment home.

    
    The Program's objectives are:

    -   To approve and classify multi-residential apartment buildings across
        Ontario that meet a defined set of industry quality assurance
        standards for rental housing consumers
    -   To make it easy for tenants, and potential rental housing consumers,
        to recognize well-run, well-managed multi-residential apartment
        buildings
    -   To provide rental housing consumers with a quality assurance
        alternative when selecting their apartment home

    For a multi-residential apartment building to qualify as a Certified
Rental Building, it must meet five mandatory requirements of the Program:

    -   abide by FRPO's and the Program's Member Code of Conduct

    -   adhere to the Program's Mandatory Standards of Practice

    -   successfully comply with the mandatory Third-Party Audit Process

    -   have identified staff successfully complete the Program's Training &
        Education component

    -   agree to market and identify their building as Certified Rental
        Building to prospective tenants
    

    Consumers and tenants looking for Certified Rental Buildings across
Ontario can learn more by visiting www.crbprogram.org

    ABOUT FRPO

    Comprised of over 800 rental property owners/operators who supply rental
units to over 250,000 Ontario tenants, FRPO is the largest rental housing
industry association in the Province. www.frpo.org
    To encourage rental housing providers to participate in the Federation
and in its certification program, FRPO provides many benefits with membership,
including:

    
    -   Free Legal Advice on specific landlord/tenant inquiries
    -   Member access to numerous bulk purchase programs
    -   Access to the FRPO's natural gas program
    -   Discounts with Home Depot, RONA, Colour Your World
    -   Regular bulletins on issues of interest to industry professionals
    -   A subscription to the industry magazine FE
    





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