Local residents can have their say when it comes to short-term rentals in Oshawa.

The City of Oshawa is undertaking an industry and public stakeholder consultation to discuss licensing standards for short-term rentals (S.T.R.) and S.T.R. companies operating within the city.

Community members, S.T.R. hosts/operators, as well as S.T.R. companies, are invited to participate in one of three ways. They can complete a stakeholder-specific survey online on Connect Oshawa, complete a stakeholder-specific survey on paper at Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.) or discuss the topic in-person with city staff at a S.T.R. community engagement table.

Those will be held on Feb. 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar St.), Feb. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at City Hall or Feb. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Delpark Homes Centre, formerly Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Rd. N.).

S.T.R. refers to properties that are rented out as temporary accommodations for consecutive periods of 28 days or less, where the total number of days rented does not exceed a combined total of 180 days in a calendar year.

This consultation excludes existing standards found in Zoning By-law 60-94.

Feedback will be received until 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, and considered in the development of regulatory licensing standards that will be presented to the Corporate Services Committee.

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