By Bird Bouchard
Local Journalism Initiative
New measures for short-term property rentals (31 days or fewer) in Brome Lake will allow homeowners to rent out their principal residence, but limit the rental of a secondary residence to certain areas in the municipality.
The town is expected to approve the new short-term rental plan at the council meeting on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
In order to provide a framework for the new measures, the town will impose certain obligations on those wishing to offer short-term rentals. Owners, regardless of the property, will now have to obtain authorization not only from municipal authorities, but also from the Corporation de l’industrie touristique du Québec (CITQ).
“On March 25 a government law will come into effect concerning short-term rentals and principal residences,” said Richard Burcombe, mayor of Brome Lake.
Burcombe said besides the law coming from the government of Quebec with the obligation to register and communicate all information concerning the principal residence, the Town of Brome Lake is adding to that a stipulation where owners must have a permit for short-term rentals in their principal residence.