Oakville Looks to Regulate Airbnb and Other Short-Term Rentals


Do you list your gorgeous Oakville home on Airbnb?

If so, you’ll want to pay attention to what’s happening at Town Hall.

Regulations for short-term accommodations using online platforms - such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama - are currently being reviewed.

A community services committee meeting is taking place at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 in the Bronte Room.

A staff report to community services committee will present information on the nature and impacts of the local short-term accommodation market, and recommend a proposed approach for new short-term accommodation regulations for Oakville, including a licensing by-law and implementation plan.

The report will be received by town council on Sept. 25 with final approval of the by-law, with zoning amendments, going to council in early 2018.

Town staff consulted with the public last May through an online survey and open house to discuss various topics relating to short-term accommodations such as safety, regulations and enforcement, and neighbourhood impact.

The term “short-term accommodation” typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days).

Feedback can also be sent in via e-mail at enforcementservices [at] oakville [dot] ca

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