Saugeen Shores banning all short-term rentals during COVID-19 pandemic

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The Town of Saugeen Shores is prohibiting any short-term rentals of cottages or campgrounds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ban is in accordance with a provincial order which prohibits renting out cottages or campgrounds to anyone either privately or through a third party broker such as VRBO, Airbnb or other cottage rental companies. An exception will only be accepted if cottages/short-term rentals are being provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period.

Saugeen Shores Police Services will be ensuring that this provincial measure and all other provincial orders that have been announced are upheld. The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act carries heavy fines for anyone who violates a provincial order: fines range from a maximum of $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director or officer of a corporation and $10,000,000 for a corporation.

“These further provincial orders will help discourage people from travelling into and out of our community during this pandemic emergency,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “This is not the time to rent out your cottage in Saugeen Shores—the penalties for both individuals and third-party rental companies are serious.”

For more information, visit the Saugeen Shores municipal site at www.SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19.