Falls council to tackle thorny issue of vacation rentals

Niagara Falls city councillors will debate a bylaw tonight designed to regulate the growing vacation rental industry.

In a report to council, staff say a review of websites last year found there were over 200 listings of private residences for rent by vacationers in the city.

Staff noting most of them are illegal and bylaw officers have received numerous complaints about noise, partying and garbage.

The proposed bylaw would only allow Airbnb style rentals on properties zoned Tourism or Commerical including the downtown core and  Historic Drummondville.

Vacation rentals would also be limited to homes with no more than three bedrooms and occupancy limited to six guests.

Two parking spots must also be available on site.

The bylaw includes licensing fees, anyone wishing to operate a vacation property would pay a $1,000 for a new license and $500 a year for renewal of a previous license.