Short term Rentals
I find the bylaw restricting short term rentals here in Niagara on the Lake absurd and plainly discriminatory to those who have bought newer homes in the area. Apparently only licensed dwellings can adhere to these types of rentals such as B&Bs with licenses, hotels and motels, and fully detached homes more than 4 years old.
How is it that the Town is growing at an enormous pace with new development of semi detached homes, town homes, and some condos, but the town restricts short term rentals? The Town representatives should revisit this stagnant bylaw.
I understand the Town heavily relies on tourism for its budgets. Would not opening up a program other bylaw or amending the current one, as for owners of certain dwellings such as semi detached homes and townhomes or better yet newly constructed homes an opportunity to apply for licenses under stricter guidelines ,such as the licensing process in place now.
Tourists are paying an excess of 250 to 450 dollars and more per night for one room in the high season with very limited space available. I find this monopoly for the Hotel Industry and the B&BS is simply outrageous!
Niagara on the lake is a wonderful place to visit. As I mentioned the area is growing fast and it incomprehensible that the Town pleads for extra funding in many other areas such as taxes, but will not see to it that one of its biggest revenues is there tourism industry. Tourists or Visitors should have a better choice of were they can stay, enjoy and spend more on the Towns offerings rather than the limited expensive overnight stays currently available. It would be good to know if this issue would be brought up in the near future for consideration.
Frustrated Owner of a new build in Niagara on the Lake!