Short Term Licensing May Be Coming To Gravenhurst
A short-term rental licensing bylaw could soon be in effect in the Town of Gravenhurst after the results were tallied from a community survey held between August 2020 and October 2021.
Of the 334 completed surveys, 75% of residents stated were concerned about short-term rentals, with 8% reporting an occurrence where OPP or town by law enforcement needed to make a visit to properties due to complaints.
Meanwhile, 184 or 55% believe that education is essential to creating a positive experience, while around 28% also believe the licensing short term rental operations would be helpful.
While the discussion continues regarding the development of a bylaw, Mark Coutts of Lakeside Cottages Muskoka, is supportive, saying “we’ve always believed if we want support we need to be good neighbours. I believe licensing is a good first step to lay out the expectations for the short-term rentals and what is required to be licensed.”
Coutts also agrees that to be licensed, renters should be required to have a code of conduct, and a local representative or property manager in place in case there is an issue.
Councillor Steven Klinck adds, “if more renters were following through with the same sort of due diligence, we wouldn't need to be having this discussion.”