If you’ve paying attention to Canadian news recently, you will have noticed many articles about the short-term rental (STR) market. These articles range from local complaints about various disturbances stemming from large all-night parties, to more serious national issues affecting the supply of available housing for Canadians, whether its for ownership or long-term renting.
In addition, upward pressure on house prices can be another unwanted result. According to a recent report, STRs have removed 30,000 units from the Canadian market.
Many municipalities have established bylaws to regulate the industry, including most around Kingsville. Some have outright banned STRs, other municipalities allow only owner-occupied STRs (which was the original starting point for one of the companies, AirBnB), while some allow STRs only if certain conditions are met.
Our group has no issue with owner-occupied units, only whole-house short term rentals.
Town council has been slow to react. In a recent vote, all councillors but one voted to issue an online survey to gauge citizen interest to regulate the STR market (the mayor recused himself due to a conflict of interest).
The federal government recently announced they will be removing the ability to deduct certain business expenses that were previously allowed. Unfortunately for Kingsville, this will not apply to municipalities without a bylaw.
To summarize Kingsville’s current situation, STRs operate under the radar with no requirement to identify the business, or to pay any sort of fee to help offset the cost of bylaw officers responding to complaints. Nor must they charge an accommodation tax as hotels are required to do.
Do you know anyone who is having difficulty renting or buying property in Kingsville due to insufficient affordable supply? Would you object to a number of short term rental properties sprouting up in your neighborhood? Have you or someone you know had any issues with short term rentals?
If anything in this article strikes a chord, here’s how you can participate:
1. Come to one of our next meetings at the Kingsville Library Feb 14 and Feb 28 at 5:30 pm.
2. Sign our petition, which will soon be on Facebook under Concerned Citizens Coalition of Kingsville
Citizens Against Short Term Rentals (CASTR)
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