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HST and your vacation rental

Added: Jun 18, 2017
Category: For Vacation Home Owners

Owning a Vacation Rental in Ontario is a bit different than in other parts of the world for two main reasons:

1. Since 2010 Ontario has HST on commercial activity and Short Term Rental is considered a commercial activity.

2. Cost of Real Estate in Ontario is some of the highest in Canada, so the potential liability of not understanding HST on Vacation rentals could mean creating a liability that you didn't bargain for!

.. I will also add a third pet peeve.  Marketing for Vacation Rentals is primarily done through On Line Travel Agents (OTAs) such as HomeAway, VRBO, AirBnB, and TripAdvisor.  More and more they are pushing for on line booking but since they entity you si...

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Considering purchasing a vacation rental in Niagara on the Lake?

Added: Jun 18, 2017
Category: For Vacation Home Owners

Considering purchasing a vacation rental in Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Niagara on the Lake has a short term rental license that includes requiring anyone renting for stays less than 28 nights to have a Short Term Rental License with a classification of a Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Cottage or a Villa.

If you buy an existing Cottage or a Villa, the license could be grandfathered under the rules prior to the 2013 revisions of the by-laws governing short term rentals.   Call Niagara Holiday Rentals to see if the property you are considering to purchase is grandfathered!  Also if you are buying an existing vacation rental, you want to make sure you discuss how HST will apply on the purchase agreem...

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Wondering what to get as a souvenir?

Added: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Stuff Eric & Janet Reccomend

So you are staying at your vacation home in Niagara on the Lake.  Its been a great time and you are so glad somebody recommended the Vacation rentals managed by Niagara Holiday Rentals.  But now you are wondering what can I bring home that really reminds me of my holiday or what gift can I bring that someone hard to please.   Canada is such a melting pot of cultures its difficult to truly claim something as authentically Canadian.  Hudson Bay Blankets are too expensive, not everyone like maple syrup candy and people can be such wine snobs no matter how much you spend.   (for a surprise to your wine snob friends, have them over and enjoy anything from Big Head Winery on Hunter Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake...

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High Water levels causing shore line erosion

Added: Jun 06, 2017
Category: News About NOTL

2017 has seen unprecedented rain fall and high water levels all along the shore line of Lake Ontario.  Here in our historic Niagara on the Lake, locals worry about the long term impacts of the high water levles.

From Ryerson Park Beach and along to the Niagara River to the Niagara on the Lake Sailing Club and Smugglers cove, the shore line has changed as small continual land slides take away the natural beaches and even trees!

Skyview Arts Inc published a you tube drone video of the erosion - filmed by Rene Bertchi  (owner of Airlie Cottage)

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