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Property Standards

Soldier Officers

A Property Standards By-law sets the standards for all properties in Amherstburg. All property owners are required to repair and maintain their property including owners of properties that are rented out. 

The authority for Property Standards By-law (1998-28) comes from the adoption of the by-law and from Section 15.1 of the Ontario Building Code Act.

Along with the Property Standards Bylaw, the Town also has a Yard Maintenance By-law. which set out the minimum standards for building and property maintenance within the town. Standards prescribed in these by-laws are intended to outline the reasonable maintenance and upkeep of yards, buildings and properties.

Some examples of standards covered by the property standards by-law include:

  • Surface Conditions
  • Accessory Buildings, Fences and Other Structures
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Pest Prevention
  • Exterior Walls
  • Roofs
  • Interior Facilities, including plumbing and bathroom facilities
  • Electrical Services  

Reporting a Property Deficiency

Residents who are concerned about property standards deficiencies in their neighbourhood, can attempt to speak to their neighbours about addressing the issues.  If there is no resolution a formal complaint can be made.  Residents who are renting and are experiencing a problem, should inform the landlord/superintendent and/or property owner of any deficiencies, maintenance and repair issues. Although written correspondence is preferred, notification by phone is acceptable. Please keep a copy of all correspondence for your records.

You must provide a reasonable timeframe for the deficiencies to be resolved. If they are not addressed, you can contact the By-law Enforcement Department at  To file a complaint, please visit the Amherstburg portal.