RESPONSIBLE RENTING

St. Edmunds Property Owners, Inc. supports that concept and practice of RESPONSIBLE Short Term Rentals.

 In recent years, increased attention has focused on short term rentals with resultant strong feelings. People have stayed in rented accommodations, on the Bruce Peninsula and throughout Ontario for decades. Short term accommodations / rentals are attracting increasing attention throughout Ontario. In reality, many of us came to the area as renters, we liked the area and went on to acquire property.  People choose to rent their cottage in order to offset ownership costs and to share the enjoyment of living by the lake with responsible friends, family and people looking for a memorable vacation experience. Rental cottages bring people to the area who spend a lot of money in the stores, restaurants, on souvenirs and on excursions; the owners in turn generate revenue to spend money locally on maintenance, repairs and improvements which in turn support the local businesses, services and economy of the area.

The majority of situations go unnoticed because the owners and renters act responsibly with respect for the dwelling, their neighbours and the community. Unfortunately, in our evolving community, there are a few greedy and irresponsible landlords who cater to renters who choose to disrespect the privilege of staying in cottage. These objectionable situations are characterized by ruckus and inconsiderate behaviour resulting in legitimate ill feelings among occupants and owners of adjacent properties.

Reports abound about the lack of response to complaints reported to the municipality with little or no follow up or consequences for the offending landlords and /or tenants.  Enforcing existing bylaws appears to be starting point in dealing with these few and unfortunate situations that are tarnishing the otherwise positive aspects of short term rentals. These parameters should be a basis for RESPONSIBLE RENTING:

  • Occupancy does not exceed the design capacity of the building and its Septic System
  • Septic System is up to date, properly and regularly maintained and operating perfectly
  • Buildingmeets all building, fire and safety codes
  • The landlord is onsite or nearby or readily accessible 24/7 and is known to and readily accessible by the neighbours 24/7 in case of any emergency or tenant problems
  • Adequate on site parking for ALL vehicles associated with the property
  • Tenants are apprised of all “house rules” including absolute respect and consideration for the neighbours
  • No inconsiderate behaviour including no noise after 11:00 PM or before 9:00 AM
  • Tenants are aware of and comply with all ordinances including applicable Fire Bans and NO Fireworks

FOCA, Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Association, website page “Responsible Cottage Rental” outlines a number of aspects for “responsible renting” including links to practices in other municipalities. It can be found at this link https://foca.on.ca/responsible-cottage-rental/

Municipalities of all sizes around this province are impacted by and  recognize the importance of “Seasonal Residents” or “Second Home Owners” who rent responsibly and they have or are in the process of accommodating private home / cottage rentals.  Many have practices in place that could serve as a resource for the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula’s quest for a viable solution to this complex situation.

The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula conducted a survey in order to determine the number of Short Term Accommodations that exist in the municipality. Follow this link to the survey: http://sepo.ca/wp-admin/post.php?post=1340&action=edit

Muskoka’s report on and recognition of the importance of Seasonal Residences: https://www.muskoka.on.ca/en/live-and-play/second-home-study.aspx

Kawartha Lakes  STAs will be a challenge: https://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/8587448-short-term-rental-solution-will-be-a-challenge-kawartha-lakes-mayor/

Kawartha Lakes opts for more enforcement: https://www.kawartha411.ca/2018/08/15/no-new-by-laws-for-problematic-short-term-rentals-in-the-city-of-kawartha-lakes/

The Home Sharing Guide for Ontario Municipalities:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/home-sharing-guide-ontario-municipalities?fbclid=IwAR0I7asy63VXMzkXte01MO-D3qiEht0vwplWUySEb81gVQLiYG_DVZXHtRw

How some other municipalities are dealing with rental cottages; https://cottagelife.com/realestate/there-are-new-limits-on-rental-cottages/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=organic&fbclid=IwAR3I7rUpLCEEPlDvmAnvzsmC5AFSxa67haN-mNM2sB6JFjF7JsIczsVmDfw

Prince Edward County is another area facing challenges with Short Accomodations  https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/05/17/prince-edward-county-grapples-with-housing-shortage-amid-boom-in-short-term-rentals.html

Tiny Township has by far the best solution for STRs. https://www.tiny.ca/Pages/Short-Term-Rental-Information.aspx

Further at: The Reality of Rental Cottages

At this time, the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula does not have a specific bylaw that is applicable to Rented Cottages.

The following bylaws are applicable to Rented Cottage Situations:

Noise Bylaw:  Bylaw 2018-37 Noise

Fireworks Bylaw:  Bylaw 2014-25 Discharge of Fireworks

Dog Bylaw: Bylaw 2019-08 Dog Regulations

Tent and Trailer Bylaw:  Bylaw 2018-66 Tent and Trailer

Bed and Breakfast: Bed and Breakfast bylaw