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Nov. 26, 2020 | Thursday
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Letter: Annual visitors rely on short-term rentals

To the editor:

I sent these comments to the Town of NOTL's forum concerning changes to the rules for short-term rentals and wanted to share them with your readers:

My family and I have been coming to NOTL to attend the Shaw Festival for over 20 years. The first time we missed was this year.

For the last 16 years we have rented houses for a week at a time. For the last 10-plus years extended family has also come, at first meaning that a second house was rented.

When my daughter started her own family we moved up to a third house.

Every year we spend $2,000 or more on tickets to the Shaw Festival, buy our groceries at Valu-mart, eat at local restaurants (like the Old Winery, the golf club, Corks, and our favourite – the Olde Angel Inn), buy local wine (especially ice wine and Reisling), and stock up on preserves at Greaves.

We have already rented three houses for a week next August (our usual length and time of stay), and hope to be able to continue doing so for many years to come. 

Jonathan S. Kleinman

Ann Arbor, Mich.