City Seeks Opinions on AirBNB and Other Short-Term Accommodations

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The City of Kingston is considering whether to implement measures to manage short-term accommodations (vacation rentals) and seeks the opinion of residents, accommodation hosts and those in the hospitality sector.

Kingston residents, people who offer short-term accommodations in their homes or who are in the wider accommodation sector can submit their opinions in the survey found here by 4:30pm on Monday, March 26.

There will also be an introductory community discussion session on March 15 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Memorial Hall in City Hall. A presentation on short-term accommodations will precede informal discussions with planners and community members to collect input.

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“A recent review of Airbnb showed there were 550 listings and 390 active Kingston hosts offering rooms in their residences to visitors,” said City senior planner Jason Budd in a release. “This is an emerging use of residential land, and we would like to hear if or how people would like to see it regulated by the City.”

The survey and discussion session will collect feedback on the effects of short-term accommodations on:

– the housing supply
– housing affordability/income potential for hosts
– neighbourhood character
– noise
– parking
– congestion
– fairness (when compared to safety and other rules governing hotels/motels/traditional B&Bs)
– using a residential property for commercial purposes

For more information, check out the City of Kingston’s Short-Term Accommodations page.

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