Oshawa has approved a plan for student housing, aimed at resolving one of the most contentious issues the city has faced.

City council passed recommendations Tuesday night that sets the stage for development along the Simcoe Street Nor­th corridor to provide affordable rent­al units for students of nearby Dur­ham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Trent University.

Meanwhile, new measures will help crack down on illegal lodging houses in single-family neighbourhoods, landlords who violate city bylaws and students who misbehave in rented houses.

Residents near the campus have complained that students living in their midst make life intolerable with parties, noise, gar­bage and parking problems.

“The city is getting tougher,” Jerry Conlin, director of municipal law enforcement and licensing services, told about 100 people attending Tuesday’s meeting. Landlords who lack a licence or rent out more than four bedrooms, for example, will draw swift action and stiff penalties, he said.

The new measures include fines of up to $100,000 for violating zoning bylaws and provisions to beef up law enforcement. It also provides a “good housekeeping seal of approval” for accredited rental housing, to which students seeking accommodation will be directed.

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