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November 17, 2017 – E-Newsletter (Special AirBnB Update)

Dear Constituent:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

This has been a busy month in Scarborough-Agincourt, and at City Hall, for a number of issues that directly affect our community. One issue is that of short-term “home-sharing” rentals like those offered by Airbnb and other similar companies.

At this week’s meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee, we debated the proposed City staff regulations for licensing short-term rentals before these regulations are sent to City Council for final approval. My position on short-term rentals is clear: I believe that Airbnb negatively affects suburban communities. Short-term rentals have brought about security concerns for our neighbourhood and have taken much needed housing stock off the market by landlords who are purchasing entire homes for the sole purpose of operating short-term rentals.

I moved a number of amendments at Committee that could address many of the shortfalls with Airbnb. I am disappointed that none of these motions passed. However, I will reintroduce these motions at the next meeting of City Council and I commit to voting against the regulations if these amendments do not pass. Please see below for a summary of my amendments.

It is calculated that we will lose out of close to 46 million of HST funds (180 nights x100/night x20000 current AirBnB units x 0.13HST) monies that can be used for infrastructure, schools, hospitals, transit. Also the city would lose out directly 14.4 Millions from the new proposed destination tax for tourists.

Proposed Short-Term Rental Amendments:

  • All operators must provide proof of home ownership, or living in the home, and tenant authorization from the home owner.
  • If the operator is a tenant, they should provide written authorization from the homeowner in compliance with all provincial regulations.
  • To operate an Airbnb, consent must be received by neighbours within a 100 meter radius, for houses, and consent received by neighbours on the same floor and all tenants in the principle residence, for homes, apartments and condominiums.
  • The individual operator registration fee should be increased to $100 from a proposed $50, and the company license fee should be $10,000 with an additional fee of $2.00 per night booked.

I want to take this opportunity to share information on news and events happening in Scarborough-Agincourt and across the city. Particularly:

  • New Traffic Signs for Fundy Bay Boulevard and Bamburgh Circle
  • Metrolinx 2017 Accessibility Public Meeting on Thursday, November 23rd
  • Arts in the Park Funding Deadline for Ward 39 – December 4th
  • Hydro One Vegetation Maintenance – Ward 39
  • Proper Layout for Garbage Reminder
  • Weather Updates Reminder
  • City of Toronto Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)
  • Spelling Bee of Canada Registration
  • Changes to parking and drop-off activity at Kennedy Public School
  • Overnight parking in our ward north of Finch Ave E

If you would like your community event to be included in our next e-newsletter please contact my office. For any questions, I can be reached by phone at 416-392-1374 or by e-mail at jim@karygiannis.net.

Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.

Click here to read more…November 21 2017 E-Newsletter

Sincerely,

Jim Karygiannis

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