Magog mayor takes heat over AirBnB rentals
On Monday, the Association des gites touristiques Magog-Orford (AGTMO) sent a notice to Magog mayor Vicki May Hamm criticizing her inaction when it comes to illegal property rentals. According to the AGTMO, more than seventy complaints about AirBnB type rentals were made to the city in the last year.
Later on Monday, after receiving the notice, the mayor released a statement, first noting that an article about the AGTMO sending a notice to the city appeared in a local French language newspaper before the city received the notice.
Although the mayor confirmed that she hoped that the problem would be treated by the MRC Memphremagog since all municipalities are being affected by the illegal lodging phenomena, she also said that the dossier was moving and different teams with the City of Magog have been working seriously on it for several weeks. An action plan to solve the problem will be presented soon at the municipal council.
She added: “For several months, I have been in communication on a regular basis with representatives of AGTMO. We exchange emails, have telephone conversations and follow up on complaints that we have received. More recently, at the September 19th council meeting, I publicly reassured an AGTMO representative that the city was working on the file, that it takes it seriously and we will meet soon with the Division de permis et inspection. Those present seemed satisfied with my response.”
She concluded by saying: “It is a file that is more complex than it seems. It won’t be enough to make by-laws to resolve a problem like this. We need not only the capacity but also the power to make sure the by-laws are respected. We intend to continue to make the necessary efforts to counter the problem of illegal lodging in Magog and we will soon be ready to submit the propositions and the means to get there.”