Monday, January 30, 2023
Home New Release Hamilton, Ont. to restrict short-term rentals to owner’s principal residence with time...

Hamilton, Ont. to restrict short-term rentals to owner’s principal residence with time limit

Hamilton, Ont., will be placing limits on the owners of AirBnb properties in an attempt to protect Hamilton’s rental housing market and eliminate so-called “party houses.”

During a planning committee meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted 10 to 2 in favour of a revised bylaw limiting short-term rentals (STR) to a property owner’s principal residence.

After hearing from about a dozen and a half property owners with a rental, councillors also opted to impose a cap with no one rental going for more than 28 nights consecutively.

However, a proposed 120-day annual cap was nixed by the committee allowing leeway with short-term rentals of secondary suites, including basement and laneway suites.

“As a retiree, my only income is the government pensions,” delegate Sally Lloyd argued.

“To depend upon these pensions alone, it is impossible for me to survive and keep my home.”

Story continues below advertisement

Read more:

City of Hamilton closer to tightening short-term rental rules targeting so-called ‘party houses’

Read next:

Greta Thunberg detained by German police during coal village protests

Hamilton councillors gave the green light for new rules last July after municipal enforcement offered up a system limiting property owners from renting out principal residences in an effort to stem complaints from neighbours.

The plan was derived from staff report recommendations produced through public consultations, including an online survey suggesting the adoption of a regulatory scheme similar to one in place in Toronto.

That bylaw came into force in January 2021 and requires a property owner intending to rent out a space for less than 28 days to get a city licence.

An estimated 900 STR units are operating in Hamilton with the highest concentration in downtown based on information gathered pre-COVID-19.

Around 60 per cent or 600 of the units were reported to be unoccupied in early 2022 with a number of entire dwellings being rented out for use on platforms like Airbnb.

The planning committee’s decision needs to be ratified by council next Wednesday.

City staff estimate the cost of administering the STR licensing program will be about $286,000 annually.

The deadline for all STR operators (hosts) to register and receive a STR license is May 31, 2023.

Story continues below advertisement

The city says enforcement will begin in early June and be primarily driven by public complaints.


Click to play video: 'Hamilton airport gets new low-cost airline, ‘Play’'


Hamilton airport gets new low-cost airline, ‘Play’


&copy 2023 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

4 arrested after armed attempt to enter Mississauga, Ont. business, police say

Police have arrested four people, including three teenagers, after they allegedly attempted to enter a business in Mississauga, Ont., with a handgun. The local police...

France’s plan to raise pension age ‘no longer negotiable’, prime minister says

France’s prime minister insisted Sunday that the government’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 is “no longer negotiable,” further angering...

Artist dazzles: draws maps of Canadian cities with one continuous line

For Montreal artist, Abou Dembele, art has rules. Dembele is prolific in the world of one-line art. Read more: Video of Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir...

Alberta landowners fear repeat of orphan well crisis as renewable energy booms

Once bitten, twice shy. It’s an old adage that explains why Jason Schneider, the elected reeve of Vulcan County, Alta., is jittery about the renewable...