Short Term rental regulations

The City of Kawartha Lakes will seek public consultation on the implications of regulating short term rentals in the municipality.

Residents and homeowner associations spoke to Council this past summer, regarding  concerns about safety, noise and nuisance resulting from recent short term rentals on Pigeon, View and Scugog lakes.

Council asked city staff to research the issue of short term rentals, 30 days or less and review the regulatory frameworks implemented by other municipalities.

Some municipalities that enjoy a large tourism industry, such as Blue Mountains and Whistler, BC, regulate short term residential rentals from a nuisance prevention and consumer protection standpoint.

According to Stats Canada1, private home and cottage rentals account for 70% of overnight visits to the Kawartha Lakes.

Mayor Andy Letham says the City is looking to do some further consultation so they can find a balance between protecting the seasonal residents, putting regulations in place that can be reasonably enforced and ensuring the tourism economy isn't negatively affected.