Short-term Rental Accommodations
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 came into effect on January 1, 2020.
Short-term Rental Accommodation Committee
Part IV of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c. 25, permits municipalities to regulate licensing in order to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens, to ensure adequate consumer protection, and to mitigate nuisance. The Georgina Short-term Rental Accommodation Committee ("GSRAC" or "Committee") is appointed pursuant to By-law 2019-0061 (LI-3), to conduct appeal hearings in relation to a decision of the Licensing Coordinator to refuse to issue or renew a licence, or to revoke a Short-term Accommodation Licence as well as to hear Short-term Accommodation License variance requests.
Terms of Reference
The Committee's Terms_of_Reference outlines the purpose, general activities and membership responsibility.
The Committee shall meet as required throughout the year.
For assistance and information please contact the Committee Services Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 905-476-4301. Ext. 2291
Agendas and Minutes
Please visit the GSRAC Agendas and Minutes webpage.