All short term accommodations (STA) offering rentals less than 28 days will require a licence to operate.
On March 19, 2018-Council approved the zoning amendments and the licensing by-law with an effective date of November 1, 2018.
Here are some points of the new rules:
In addition, new regulations would permit three units within a bed and breakfast-up from two, to create more equity in the market between short-term accommodations and bed and breakfasts.
The term "short-term accommodation" typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 28 days). Popular online platforms such as Airbnb, Flipkey and Homeaway facilitate bookings and payments for short-term accommodations.
For more information please review the by-law for details.
In the last decade there has been rapid growth in online marketplaces that connect people looking for short-term accommodation with people who want to rent or sublet their own accommodation for the same purpose.
Short-term accommodations in Oakville were only allowed in approved hotels and bed and breakfasts. Despite this, there was rapid growth in unapproved nightly rentals offered through online platforms.
There are a few steps more that are required from the operator once they are licensed. The following outlines additional requirements for STA operators:
The Renters Code is a document that has been prepared the town for use of all licensed short term accommodation operators. This document sets out the roles and responsibilities of the renter, including behavioural expectations as they relate to the non-disturbance and provides a warning related to the making of a disturbance. This document will identify applicable Town by-laws that the renter must comply with including the provisions of this by-law as it relates to:
For further details please contact 905-845-6601.