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Bracebridge removes freeze on short term rentals, begins licencing process

Bracebridge removes freeze on short term rentals, begins licencing process

Posted: 2022-04-29 09:20:35 By: thebay

The Public had a chance to voice their opinions about the proposed Interim Control By-Law for Short Term Rentals in the Bracebridge Council Meeting on April 27, 2022.

Short term rentals were described as helping families in financial or abusive situations. Councilors were told that some people have used them as temporary independent living for a senior parent, and others use the income to help pay their mortgage. Cathy Thomson told councilors It’s not “the super rich renting their house out.”

Businesses benefit from short term rentals because they generate revenue and provide employees with a place to stay. Business owner, Melissa Bowesly expressed, “A three-year ban on Short Term Rentals would put businesses in a damaging situation.”

Short term rentals also allow visitors with a place to stay during community events, which contributes to revenue for the Town.

The Council decided not to put a freeze on short term rentals, but instead include mandatory registrations, and will hire a consultant to conduct a study and report recommendations for zoning and licencing provisions.