Stop AIRBNB in Mississauga...Yes to Neighborhoods...No to Motels!

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Dear Residents and Homeowners of Mississauga, ON, Canada

Don't let our neighborhoods be destroyed by corporate and private greed. Airbnb is only interested in monetizing your neighborhoods by turning homes into MOTELS.

Please support the first steps in either abolishing or regulating Short Term Rentals in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, by signing this petition.

Hundreds of homes in all wards across the city are popping up on the trendy Airbnb website, which allows people to list or rent short-term lodging in residential properties worldwide. Renters stay for a handful of days, if that, avoiding high-priced hotels and accommodations. In turn, the homeowner supplements their income and evades taxes in the process.

The City of Mississauga has taken a relaxed approach in addressing this issue. For instance, the Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie and Councillors at City Hall are currently in the process of taking part in trying to legislate STR’s (Short Term Rentals) advertised on Airbnb in Mississauga. However, Mayor Crombie owns a rental property of her own in the United States and rents it out on Airbnb. As a result, Mayor Crombie has an obvious vested interest in making sure things work in her favor. Likewise, Mayor Crombie should also recuse herself from the process of regulating Airbnb…an obvious conflict of interest if you ask me.

In the Neighborhood of Cooksville alone, there are currently 88 units being rented out through Airbnb. In the City of Mississauga, there are over 500 Airbnb units on the market. We as residents do not know who is renting these units, nor are they vetted properly. Recently, there has been a spike in vehicle break-ins and unfamiliar strangers walking our streets at all hours of the night in the neighborhood of Cooksville. In many cases, these units are operating while paying no sales taxes, no hotel room tax and do not carry the proper insurance or proper fire prevention in case of an emergency. In Mississauga, the short-term rental housing market is more than just a blight on the neighborhood, it is impacting the number of affordable housing options in the city. The vacancy rate for rental units is a mere 1.6 per cent, with basement units quickly becoming the only affordable option for low-income residents.

Some Mississauga Councillors are asking the province to “do their jobs” and start cracking down on homeowners capitalizing off the lucrative short-term rental housing market. During a recent presentation by a board member of the Mississauga Residents’ Associations Network (MIRANET), he outlined how Airbnb impacts are being felt across the city. Neighbors are quite often disturbed by loud parties attended by groups of people brought into the community. Neighbors are also seeing an increase of illegal parking and trash left behind by these outsiders. These are short-term tenants who are literally here today, gone tomorrow. Other issues include the following: As soon as the home is marketed as a short-term rental, surrounding property values decrease substantially. Who in their right mind would want to live next to a motel on a residential street. Citizens are concerned for their children, property and over all safety.

Below are just some examples of stories of Airbnb units that have caused serious issues in neighborhoods throughout Mississauga, Ontario. Clink the links for additional info.

 

"Airbnb rentals are a growing concern for Mississauga residents…Councillors say the province needs to step up and enforce strict regulations". https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/6983186-airbnb-rentals-a-growing-concern-for-mississauga-residents/

‘Intolerable and frightening’: Lorne Park residents outraged after shooting rocks neighborhood…Police have yet to lay charges". https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/7804363--intolerable-and-frightening-lorne-park-residents-outraged-after-shooting-rocks-neighbourhood/

"Mississauga Councillor pledges to shut down Airbnb party house". https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/6543894-mississauga-councillor-pledges-to-shut-down-airbnb-party-house-/

How your neighbor’s Airbnb rental can affect your property values. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2016/09/07/how-your-neighbors-airbnb-rental-can-affect-your-property-values/?utm_term=.27e2215fa167

Airbnb’s growth is slowing amid safety concerns.

http://nypost.com/2017/11/20/airbnbs-growth-is-slowing-amid-safety-concerns/

Thank you for reading and taking action.  Together…we might be able to make a positive change.  Please use social media and share this petition with your friends and neighbors…that would be greatly appreciated.

With Gratitude,  

Domingos Gouveia

Contact info: dominic.gouveia@gmail.com



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