Guelph council to consider limiting short-term rentals to primary residences when issues returns for decision.
During its Monday evening meeting, city council voted 11-1 to direct city staff to craft such a bylaw, with a follow-up report expected by the end of the year, followed by public consultation and potential adoption from council.
Coun. Dan Gibson was the only council member present who objected to the idea, with particular concern about an amendment which opens the door for short-term rentals to be limited to the owner’s primary residence.
If ultimately approved, city staff suggest the 2023 licence fees include a $241 inspection and a $208 application fee, with a $224 renewal fee in future years.
As of Monday morning, Airbnb promoted the rental of 121 Guelph locations that night.
In addition, an amendment from councillors Cathy Downer and Leanne Caron will see city staff investigate and report back with options regarding the regulation or licencing of long-term rentals in the city for all buildings containing three or fewer rental units.