Short-Term Rentals

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.

For the purpose of the consultation, S.T.R. refers to properties that are rented out as temporary accommodations for consecutive periods of twenty-eight (28) days or less, where the total number of days rented does not exceed a combined total of one hundred and eighty (180) days in a calendar year. This consultation excludes existing standards found in Zoning By-law 60-94.

Community members, S.T.R. hosts/operators, as well as S.T.R. companies are invited to participate in one of three (3) ways:

  1. complete a stakeholder-specific survey online on Connect Oshawa;
  2. complete a stakeholder-specific survey on paper at Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); or,
  3. discuss the topic in-person with City staff at a S.T.R. community engagement table on February 20 and/or 21.

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.

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.

For the purpose of the consultation, S.T.R. refers to properties that are rented out as temporary accommodations for consecutive periods of twenty-eight (28) days or less, where the total number of days rented does not exceed a combined total of one hundred and eighty (180) days in a calendar year. This consultation excludes existing standards found in Zoning By-law 60-94.

Community members, S.T.R. hosts/operators, as well as S.T.R. companies are invited to participate in one of three (3) ways:

  1. complete a stakeholder-specific survey online on Connect Oshawa;
  2. complete a stakeholder-specific survey on paper at Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); or,
  3. discuss the topic in-person with City staff at a S.T.R. community engagement table on February 20 and/or 21.

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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  • What are short-term rentals, short-term rental companies/platforms, and hosts/operators?

    about 1 month ago

    Short-term rentals are typically understood to be rentals where private individuals rent out their residence, or part of their residence, for short periods of time (generally less than 30 days) through online short-term rental companies/platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway in exchange for a fee.

    Short-term rental companies/platforms are generally online platforms that connect hosts/operators with guests. The online platform facilitates the booking for short-term rentals and receives a portion of the fee paid by the guest at the time of booking. These platforms may or may not have physical offices in Canada. 

    Hosts/operators are people who rent out all or part of their dwelling. Some hosts/operators have been identified as operating commercially, where their rental unit or properties are offered on a predominantly full-time basis and the property may not be their principal residence. 

  • What are current regulations related to short-term rentals in Oshawa?

    about 1 month ago

    In May 2018, the City of Oshawa updated Zoning By-law 60-94 to address short-term rentals as a land-use in the City. Zoning by-laws are used to regulate land-use within a municipality. 
    Short-term rentals are now defined in Zoning By-law 60-94 as “… all or part of a dwelling unit that is used to provide temporary accommodation, not including a cancer lodge, crisis care residence, or university residence.” The following short-term rental zoning regulations were established:
    • A short-term rental is a permitted use in all zones that permit dwelling units
    • A short-term rental may only provide temporary accommodation for any rental period that is less than twenty-eight (28) consecutive days and not exceeding a combined total of one hundred and eighty (180) days in a calendar year
    • The short-term rental unit must be the host/operator’s principal residence, as defined in the Income Tax Act
    • No bed and breakfast, home occupation, other rental accommodation, group home or lodging house is permitted in any dwelling unit which contains a short-term rental
    • A short-term rental cannot change the external residential appearance of the dwelling unit or contribute to the adverse effects such as, but not limited to, those from excessive traffic, parking, noise and hours of operation.
    These regulations will not be considered as part of this Licensing By-law review.

  • What is the City doing on the issue of short-term rentals?

    about 1 month ago

    The City recently updated Zoning By-law 60-94 to address short-term rentals as a land-use in the City. Zoning by-laws are used to regulate land-use within a municipality. The City is currently investigating the creation of a business licensing system to enhance and support compliance with municipal standards. At this time, the City is undertaking an industry stakeholder and public consultation process to discuss short-term rental business licensing regulations within the City of Oshawa. Following the consultation process, staff will assess the feedback and develop regulatory policy options. 

  • What if there are issues related to properties operating as short-term rentals, such as excessive garbage, noise, vehicles parked on the street or other general property conditions and nuisance issues?

    about 1 month ago

    All properties in Oshawa, regardless of short-term rental use, are subject to various City by-laws, including minimum standards related to property maintenance, noise, nuisance, waste collection, and parking. More information on by-laws in the City of Oshawa can be found on the City’s website. Please contact Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 for more information or to file a formal complaint.