During a recent meeting, Milton councillors heard that a short-term rental licensing bylaw likely won’t be ready until later this year and until then enforcement of complaints will rely on current rules or those laws outlined by the Provincial government that some say don’t go far enough.
Several councillors complained the process of coming up with a permanent bylaw is taking too long and asked for the timeline to be speeded up. They indicated Milton residents are concerned another summer will go by without any resolution to their noise complaints as homes are rented out to partiers.
As it stands now, an individual can be fined per offensive to up to $1,000 if a ticket is issued and up to $50,000 if the complaint is more serious and ends up in court.
Town staff members indicated they are working on a made-in-Milton solution but that several steps must take place before a permanent bylaw is put into place.
Councillors also heard that exiting bylaws do cover many of the areas of concern but resident don’t not know they exist. The Town plans to embark on a public relations campaign to let residents know what they can do if they have a noise complaint.