Comment 104545

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted September 17, 2014 at 11:39:33

It is not always easy to ensure demographic change happens in the best possible way for the entire community, and absentee landlords who do not maintain their properties degrade the quality of life for both their tenants and the broader community.

However, I was surprised to learn that AWWCA is not actually a neighbourhood association (like most others in Hamilton), but is an association representing only the interests of "resident home owners":

A condition of membership is:

"They own the dwelling in which they reside or they are related to the owner of the dwelling in which they reside."

It is difficult to find solutions if membership of a community association excludes much (most?) of the actual community: students and other renters (as well as landlords) are not allowed to join the association!

It might be helpful to allow any resident to join AWWCA as full voting members, as is the case for every other neighbourhood association I know of. Excluding a major portion of the community is not a good way to build good community relations and reinforces the "us versus them" dynamic.

You might find that there are many students who would be interested in helping to find solutions to your problems. (And the "property owning" requirements just seems a bit too feudal for a democratic society.)

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-09-17 11:41:00

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