Short-term rental properties are creating problems in Brock neighborhoods

BROCK: The Township of Brock is grappling with concerns about short-term rental properties.

In a meeting on Monday, September 27, longtime resident Kristen Engel appeared before council to discuss issues caused by Airbnb properties in the municipality. She said, “The noise complaints, the lewd behavior is insane. Garbage is another problem. Parking is a huge problem.

Ms Engel said her neighborhood had had police called more than seven times in the past six weeks.

“I have had people parking on my lawn. On the weekends a lady entered my house from the back vestibule to ask for seeds from my garden, ”she said.

Ms. Engel asked city officials where the bylaws department is in enforcing local bylaws related to this issue and what progress the municipality has made in implementing permits for these properties.

“At this point, the short-term rental investigation is complete. The results were shared with the Council. We have met the canton of Ramara twice, ”explained Director General Ingrid Svelnis. “My understanding is that there will be a plan ahead for the budget discussions as there will be a budgetary impact to put it in place as it should.”

Clerk Fernando Lamanna said council and staff are “very aware of the issues” and the municipality is taking a “collaborative approach” to the issue.

“We want to make sure we get it right, and we get it right the first time. We don’t want to implement something [which will] must be changed in the [next] six months or next summer, ”he said. “We are working on it diligently. ”

In the meantime, advisers encouraged Ms Engel and her neighbors to continue contacting Durham Regional Police if there were any further issues.

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