As a result of numerous complaints about illegal short-term rentals through AirBNB and other proprietors across all wards in urban and rural Milton, Milton Council unanimously approved a motion by Ward 2 Councillor John Challinor II requesting that the Town of Milton investigate the matter and develop appropriate regulations.
The motion was seconded by Ward 1 Regional Councillor Colin Best.
Through the late spring, summer and early fall, all Town councillors as well as Town bylaw enforcement staff received numerous complaints about short-term rentals that not only violated the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 State of Emergency for public gatherings, but likely also ran afoul of the municipality’s zoning and building bylaws and noise bylaws.
Following consultation with the public, AirBNB and others involved in the business of short-term rentals, Town staff has been asked to return to Council with a bylaw that meets the short-term rental requirements of the community, covers the costs associated with the Town’s licensing oversight and, ultimately, respects the quality-of-life rights of its citizens. CR