Short Term Rental Accommodations

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Short-term Rental Accommodations (STRA) such as those acquired via Airbnb, VRBO, Kijiji etc. are operating worldwide where residents and property owners are renting out rooms or entire units for short periods of time facilitated by online platforms. STRAs have created an informal economy that typically is not yet regulated.

Like many other municipalities, these STRA’s are also operating in Georgina. Through 2017 and 2018, a number of concerns were  raised by the community in relation to STRA’s including conflict with existing residential uses, noise, safety, parking, environmental overload, zoning, taxation, enforcement etc.

Georgina Council passed a by-law on Oct. 9, 2019, regulating short-term rental accommodations (STRA) within the town. The by-law includes amendments to the Official Plan, Secondary Plans and a zoning by-law amendment. The main issues with STRA have been related to disruptive renters and negligent hosts. The regulatory framework encompasses provisions to address these areas of concern, while avoiding placing undue burden on non-disruptive renters and attentive hosts. The by-law will come into effect January 2020.

Notice of passing of a zoning by-law - Short-term Rental Accommodations 

OPA 138 
PDF icon OPA 139 
PDF icon OPA 140
PDF icon OPA 141
PDF icon STRA ZBA by-law 

Council Meeting - Oct. 9, 2019

Council passed a by-law regulating short-term rental accommodations (STRA) within the Town. The by-law includes amendments to the Official Plan, Secondary Plans and a zoning by-law amendment. The main issues with STRA have been related to disruptive renters and negligent hosts. The regulatory framework encompasses provisions to address these areas of concern, while avoiding placing undue burden on non-disruptive renters and attentive hosts. The by-law will come into effect January 2020 and staff will begin working on a communications campaign to generate awareness. 

Council reports and presentations

Oct. 9, 2019 - Regulation of short-term rental accommodation in the Town of Georgina 

April 24, 2019 - Proposed amendments to the Official Plan, the Keswick, Sutton/Jackson's Point and Pefferlaw Secondary Plans and to zoning by-law 500

Feb. 27, 2019 - Regulation of short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in the Town of Georgina

Sept. 12, 2018 - Report 2018-0016 Regulation of short term rental accommodation stra summary of input.pdf

July 11, 2018 -  STRA Public Information Centre Presentation

June 6, 2018 -  Report 2018-0007-Regulation of Short Term Rental Accommodations

May 14, 2018 -  Short-Term Rental 2018 Summer Municipal Law Enforcement Initiative

Feb. 7, 2018    - Short Term Rental Accommodations – Report No. CAO-2018-0003

Feb. 14, 2018  - Correspondence from Town Solicitor Re: Short Term Rental Accommodations – Interim Control By-Law

Feb. 28, 2018  -  Short Term Rental Accommodations (STRAs) - Interim Management Options and Third Party Program Development - Report NO. CAO-2018-0004

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a short-term rental?

Short-term Rental Accommodations (STRA) refer to people renting their residence, or part of it, for short periods of time primarily through internet-based platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO and Kijiji. These platforms have grown significantly in number and popularity over the past five years. Today, STRA platforms are present in more than 190 countries and many municipalities are acting to regulate this activity.

Are short-term rentals regulated in Georgina?

The Town does not currently regulate STRA and is working on a long-term model that would regulate STRAs in an effort to address the concerns of stakeholders. Staff is researching the matter, and public consultation will be a component of the proposed regulations.

How many short-term rentals currently exist in Georgina?

Preliminary internet research conducted in June 2018 indicated there are approximately 110 STRA host sites in the Town. These are concentrated along the Lake Simcoe shoreline from the south end of Keswick to Port Bolster.

How long has the short-term rental market been around in Georgina?

STRA have been active in the Town of Georgina since the first vacation homes were built in the former Township of Georgina, Township of North Gwillimbury and Village of Sutton. Prior to the internet, vacation rentals were done through newspaper ads, real estate companies and by word of mouth.

What are the benefits of short-term rentals?

There are a number of potential benefits to STRA. These include the potential to increase tourism and draw more visitors to the community which in turn has a positive impact on the local economy. STRA also allows people to generate additional income by renting out their homes, making it more affordable to live in their residence or off-set the cost of a vacation property.

What are some of the key issues related to short-term rentals?

There are a number of issues related to STRA. These include public safety concerns (including excessive noise, late-hour activities, illegal parking, and littering), fire and building safety issues, the impact on private sewage disposal systems, impacts on affordable housing and competition with other traditional rental accommodation markets.