Mississauga Seeks to Reduce Splash from Rental Backyard Pools

By Declan Finucane

Posted on October 6, 2021 at 12:35 p.m.

Citing public health and other concerns, some City of Mississauga officials want a relatively new backyard rental pool business, either tightly regulated or shut down for good.

While the rental of private swimming pools by homeowners looking for the extra cash is not yet causing problems in Mississauga, authorities want to deal with it before it becomes potentially inconvenient, as it has in Toronto.

Ward 9 Councilor Pat Saito said the City of Toronto is looking for ways to manage such pool rentals, in which owners charge $ 30 to $ 100 per hour to lend their Paradise Garden through Swimply, a Los Angeles-based online marketplace for private pool rentals. as a form of “stay”.

The company, launched three years ago, received a huge boost during the COVID-19 pandemic and is heading from the United States, where it is very popular, to Canada.

Currently, 80 backyard pools are available for rental from a Mississauga search on Swimply. The first dozen or so are in Mississauga, followed by a mix of pools available in Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Milton and other neighboring municipalities, all rated between one and five stars.

“I haven’t had any complaints (in my ward),” Saito said. “But in Toronto, I saw a lot of complaints about rentals in the evenings…” where there are parties at night, cars parked on the street, and so on.

“So (Toronto) is considering allowing that or not allowing it at all. “

City staff told Saito that they only received one complaint about the use of private pools, but it was a backyard pool used as a swimming school.

Sam Rogers, Mississauga’s director of enforcement, said private pool rentals are an emerging issue that is very difficult to enforce.

He added that the Ontario Ministry of Health is engaging with Swimply to address public health concerns and that ultimately, if nothing is adopted by the province, private pool rental could do it all. simply be banned in Mississauga.

“This is a public health issue,” said Rogers, adding that changing a private pool into a public pool raises a number of issues. “We are working with Peel Health to encourage the province to manage this holistically.

He said Mississauga is also monitoring the situation in Toronto.

Saito said the pool rental industry is huge in the United States and it is making its way into Canadian municipalities.

“Before we open the pools again next summer, we really should have something in place,” she said, urging her colleagues and staff to work out a policy regarding the rental of rear pools. -court.

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