Short-Term Rental: Current & Potential Hosts/Operators

The City of Oshawa is undertaking an industry and public stakeholder consultation to discuss licensing standards for short-term rentals (S.T.R.) and S.T.R. companies (e.g. Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, etc.) operating within the city. 

Please note: The City’s Zoning By-law was updated in May 2018, to provide clarity by allowing short-term rentals in areas that permit dwelling units.

Short-term rentals include properties that are rented out as temporary accommodations for consecutive periods of twenty-eight (28) days or less. The total number of days rented cannot exceed a combined total of 180 days in a calendar year.

This survey is intended to gather feedback from current and potential short-term rental hosts/operators in Oshawa.

Feedback will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, and considered in the development of regulatory licensing standards that will be presented to Corporate Services Committee.

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Options are limited to
Please select all that apply.
When you list a unit or property as a short-term rental, do you usually rent all or part of your home?
How frequently do you list a unit or property as a short-term rental?
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Short-term rental properties

What should the City regulate in terms of short-term rental properties?

In regards to safety, what should the City regulate?
In regards to safety, what should the City regulate? Yes No
Fire safety
Requiring appropriate insurance
In regards to property maintenance, what should the City regulate?
In regards to property maintenance, what should the City regulate? Yes No
Lot maintenance (e.g. long grass, garbage)
Property standards (e.g. minimum maintenance standards for habitation)
In regards to nuisance control, what should the City regulate?
In regards to nuisance control, what should the City regulate? Yes No
Local contact requirement to help resolve issues
“Renter Code of Conduct”
Are there any other standards you feel should be included for short-term rental properties?
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Short-term rental companies

The City is investigating a licensing system for short-term rental companies (e.g. Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, etc.).

What should the City regulate in terms of short-term rental companies?
What should the City regulate in terms of short-term rental companies? Yes No
Appropriate insurance
Only allowing licensed rentals to advertise with the short-term rental company
Ensuring there is a resolution process for dealing with complaints related to short-term rental operations
Are there any other standards you feel should be included for short-term rental companies?
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Short-term rentals

Please rate the following statements:
Please rate the following statements: Agree Somewhat agree Neutral Somewhat disagree Disagree
Short-term rentals provide a source of extra income for property owners.
Short-term rentals make a city a more appealing tourist destination because they provide more accommodation options.
Short-term rentals increase the vibrancy of a city.
Short-term rentals create neighbourhood issues like noise, nuisance, parking and safety concerns.
Licensing short-term rentals and/or short-term rental companies can help maintain standards within neighbourhood communities.
I would not mind living next to a property used as a short-term rental.

Demographics & Community Engagement Evaluation

Thank you for participating. Your feedback is very important to us. We would appreciate if you could please complete this Community Engagement Evaluation form.

How old are you?
Are you an Oshawa resident, and/or Oshawa business/property owner?
What does your postal code begin with?
What ward do you live in/is your business/property located in?
How did you learn about this community engagement opportunity?
Please select all that apply.
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Please rate the following statements:
Please rate the following statements: Agree Somewhat agree Neutral Somewhat disagree Disagree
I understand how my Short-Term Rental Licensing consultation feedback will be used.
I have a good understanding of the Short-Term Rental Licensing consultation based on the information provided in the survey.
I feel the survey was a good opportunity to participate in the Short-Term Rental Licensing consultation.
I understand the next steps in the Short-Term Rental Licensing consultation and timing going forward.