About Us

The Home Standards Project was founded in 2021 by Nick Lorraway and Natalie Woodland in response to issues they had experienced with their rented properties while attending Queen’s University. They found that many were unaware of the bylaw standards and were accepting subpar housing as they believed that was simply what rental housing is like.

With this tool you can quickly and easily assess the state of your home and ensure that it meets the City of Kingston’s Property Standards. Unsurprisingly, many previously evaluated homes are found to be full of violations, including drafts, unsealed windows, leaky faucets and more.

Taking on average less than 15 minutes, this guided room by room assessment asks a series of questions to help you quickly spot issues, with all questions cross-referenced with Kingston’s mandatory housing standards. Upon completing your assessment, a personalized report summarizing your home’s issues will be automatically generated. You can send this report directly to your landlord or use it to back up maintenance requests with confidence that repairs are soon on their way

So, why complete a home assessment?

  • Improve your home’s energy efficiency, and in turn, cut down the third largest source of greenhouse gases in Canada

  • Reduce your utilities costs

  • Improve your living conditions so they are safer and more enjoyable

  • Ensure your landlords are living up to the minimum expectations

  • Give yourself more credibility when approaching your landlords

  • It’s quick and easy to do

Be sure to check out the many other unique tools our website has to offer, relevant articles, facts, and resources to help you with housing disputes.

We hope that this project can benefit those in the Kingston community who find themselves living in substandard housing. We believe that every renter deserves to have adequate housing and be able to easily understand their rights. We hope that this project will serve as a valuable tool for those seeking to better their circumstances.

On behalf of the Home Standards Project, we would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has helped make this project possible, Notably, to Ozzie Kirkby, who has invested countless hours and patience into designing and building the website and to Ricky Zhang for his exquisite design expertise. Neither of them would accept payment for their services and we sincerely appreciate their passion and insight.

If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to our founders Natalie Woodland and Nick Lorraway at connect@homestandards.org. Let’s make our living conditions more enjoyable, safe, and energy-efficient.

Sincerely,

Natalie & Nick

Founders