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City seeks input on approaches to licensing short-term rentals

August 6, 2019 -

The City of Kingston is seeking resident input on proposed approaches for licensing short-term rentals.

"The popularity of apps like Airbnb and Vrbo has had an impact on the availability of long-term rental units and on neighbourhoods. This survey will help us develop the City's approach to licensing short-term rentals to fairly regulate these accommodations," says Lacricia Turner, manager licensing and enforcement.

Survey and Open House

Residents, including those who offer or live near short-term accommodations, are encouraged to complete a survey on short-term rental licensing at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Interested residents can also find out more about this effort and offer feedback at an open house at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Memorial Hall in City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Background

Last year, the City consulted on residential rental licensing in general and a report on that consultation went to the administrative policies committee on Nov. 8, 2018. On Nov. 20, 2018, council asked staff to develop a short-term rental licensing bylaw and offer amendments to the Municipal Tax Bylaw that would include short-term rentals and associated costs.  This consultation is specifically about short-term rentals.

Learn more about this project – including background documents offering a look at short-term accommodations in Kingston and how other communities are managing them.