Excessive noise at short-term rental properties in Milton could result in hefty fines


Published August 22, 2022 at 9:11 am

Excessive noise and failure to abide by specific rules at short-term rental properties in Milton could result in hefty fines.

A short-term rental, also commonly known as home-sharing, is considered a type of accommodation where individuals rent out a residence or a portion of it for a short period of time. Usually, this time period is less than 30 days and the spaces are generally rented out through internet platforms such as AirBNB, VRBO and HomeAway.

The increase in the number of short-term rentals operating in Milton has caused some concerns from nearby residents.

Often, at short-term rental properties, guests use the opportunity to invite friends and family and sometimes host events or parties.

While this is often not allowed by the host, people tend to break the rules, which can, in turn, result in noise or parking complaints.

This is why the Town is reminding all guests at short-term rentals to “be a good neighbor” and keep the noise down, follow parking regulations, maintain the property and know the waste pick-up schedule.

Mary Beth McMullen, Manager, Licensing and Enforcement for Milton recently told insauga that when the Town receives a noise complaint, the concerns are assigned to an officer for investigation.

McMullen also confirmed that if subsequent complaints are received, the officer may issue an Order to Comply or a Provincial Offences Act charge.

While the penalty under by-law is $250.00, subsequent offences may result in the following increased fines, according to McMullen.

“Welcoming visitors at a short-term rental property in #MiltonON? We’re encouraging owners to pass along these tips to guests,” wrote the Town on Twitter.

Guests at short-term rental properties are reminded that quiet hours in Milton are between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. daily.

Additionally, they are being reminded that off-street parking is to be provided by the homeowner and not allow renters or guests to block sidewalks or park on lawns.

Renters must also keep the neighbourhood, including streets, sidewalks, paths and parks free of garbage and litter and that failure to maintain the property they’re staying at may result in fines.

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