Short-term Rentals

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Township of Lake of Bays staff were directed by Council to investigate the short-term rental (STR) of residential properties with no on-site management. STRs are generally understood to refer to rental of a residence, or part of a residence, for short periods of time (a month or less).

We are looking for your thoughts, experiences, opinions, and suggestions regarding STRs in the Township. We appreciate you taking the time to provide valuable input by completing our survey, sharing a story about your STR experiences, and/or completing our quick poll.

You may also want to check out the project timeline, key dates, and subscribe for project updates to stay informed. Feel free to contact the STR team via email, phone or in person at the Township of Lake of Bays office to continue the conversation.

Township of Lake of Bays staff were directed by Council to investigate the short-term rental (STR) of residential properties with no on-site management. STRs are generally understood to refer to rental of a residence, or part of a residence, for short periods of time (a month or less).

We are looking for your thoughts, experiences, opinions, and suggestions regarding STRs in the Township. We appreciate you taking the time to provide valuable input by completing our survey, sharing a story about your STR experiences, and/or completing our quick poll.

You may also want to check out the project timeline, key dates, and subscribe for project updates to stay informed. Feel free to contact the STR team via email, phone or in person at the Township of Lake of Bays office to continue the conversation.

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    Easy Solution For Noise

    by STR Host, 4 months ago

    Here's a way to mitigate noise complaints and make sure only valid complaints are being made:

    https://noiseaware.io/

    Hosts can now monitor noise activity with monitors inside and outside their property.

    This way hosts will get a notification when decibel levels reach a certain level. This will also help to avoid false complaints. If we embrace technology we can find solutions that work for the whole community.

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    Stop Short Term Renting on Waterfront Properties

    by Go Baysville, 4 months ago

    Climate change is enough for the lakes to deal with. There is a difference between a family who rents their cottage to someone at work or their relative for 2 weeks a year to help offset costs vs commercial renters. There is still some attachment to doing the right thing and taking care. Often the person who is renting has been to the property with the owner and has a good understanding of what is polite - what is safe - what is neighbourly. They come up with their family of 4 or 5. The issue is not this, it's... Continue reading

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    STR's should not be regulated. Cottage country has a long history of successful STR's.

    by LOBCOTTAGER, 5 months ago

    I've owned 2 places on Lake of Bays over my 15+ years on the lake. Short Term rentals have always been a part of cottaging. Ive rented cottages and rented out mine. I'm glad that other people who cant afford to own a cottage get to rent out my place and I get to share our wonderful lake with them. My neighbours rent out as well. I've always found my neighbours renters very curtious and no issue. If anything the owners party way louder and later into the night. Dont forget that the owners all have big party weekends with... Continue reading

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    STR should not be regulated

    by MP, 5 months ago

    I don't believe that the risks of the occasional bad renter warrants the oversight of government. Let's be honest, owning and operating a cottage is expensive, and as an owner, if I want to offset some of my costs I should be able to. That benefits the local economy and has visitors spending money when my family is not there to use our cottage. it's only rented out maybe one or two weekends per summer, and my neighbours don't have an issue.


    I can see stopping those cottages that are not owner occupied, but rented out the full summer to... Continue reading

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    STRs Overcrowded and overwhelmed

    by Don Farquharson, 5 months ago

    For us the issue is the Overcrowdedness. There are often 15 people renting the cottages on either side of our cottage. Each week another large group arrives. On the weekends, guests join them, often with their trailers. Can you imagine what this is doing to the septic systems? The excess sewage will inevitably end up in the lake. Our lake is small, fully developed, is only spring fed, and thus has an extremely low flushing rate.

    As each group arrives the issues of noise, overcrowdedness, Jet Skis etc and infringement on our place starts again. This occurs each week for... Continue reading

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    We need to keep small cottage rentals.

    by david, 5 months ago

    We have rented out our cottage for many years, without a single complaint. We have made strong friendships with the guests over the years. Not a single one of them has caused any complaints. Our cottage takes a maximum of 8 guests. Maybe one way to enforce would be to not allow any more than 10 people in any given cottage? Go ahead and punish the huge Airbnb party places, but don't punish us in the process. Let us continue to do our tourism outreach lawfully.

    Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. We need to keep small cottage... Continue reading

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    STR have been operating for decades in Lake of Bays

    by Sugar Bush, 5 months ago

    I am a responsible STR operator our family has been since the 1930's. Yes this contributes to the maintenance of our family property. We continue to invest, build, work with local businesses and contractors reinvesting back into our local economy and bring tourism dollars to local business. We report our income, pay HST and as we improve our property pay a larger portion of Municipal taxes. We rent year round, approximately 35 renters per year for 140 nights. We are not a resort we do not offer services resorts offer, in fact we are more expensive than the majority of... Continue reading

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    Love and support local STR! :)

    by Newhorizons83, 5 months ago

    Short-term rentals are a valuable asset in tourism, providing diversity in accommodations and ultimately creating jobs and tax revenue throughout our Township. I support STRs and strongly believe Lake of Bays Township should embrace this economic opportunity by working together with both sides so everyone benefits. I recommend to expand and enforce local bylaws regarding noise, garage and parking but strongly feel there is not the need to over-regulate this valuable industry.

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    Septic Systems not Designed for STR Occupancy Rates

    by PaintLaker, 5 months ago

    My biggest concern with the STR on Paint Lake (that I am familiar with) is the septic issue.

    The property was built by a couple as a retirement home. It was built with 3 bedrooms. The new owners are now running it as a STR and advertise that it has 5 bedrooms and sleeps 16+. The additional bedrooms were added to the walkout basement and I am sure no changes were made to increase the capacity of the septic system.

    On weekends we have counted up to 10 cars in the driveway and more than 20 guests.

    There is no... Continue reading

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    Wendy and Mark N.

    by MuskokaBreeze, 5 months ago

    The consensus seems clear - STR's are wreaking havoc with the lives, and enjoyment of permanent residents/seasonal residents; local resorts and B&B's; and the environment.

    The situation on our Lake is almost unbearable. Our experience with STR's is all about noise, garbage in the lake, septics suited for 6 people accommodating 15-20 people, drunk and unruly behaviour, and crime. There is NO accountability - owners just collect the cash. These issues far outweigh the economic benefits to the area.

    I have no objection to owners renting their cottage properties a few times a year to offset some of their expenses... Continue reading