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Vacation Rentals in Niagara-on-the-Lake!

Added: Feb 04, 2017
Category: For Vacation Home Owners

Choosing a vacation rental manager for your second home.


Niagara Holiday Rentals has been in business for almost 15 years and our company has seen a lot of changes in our town and in the vacation rental industry!  We have learned to adapt to these changes and also to look forward to where we need to be so that we can do the best job for our home owners, guests, our community and also ourselves!


We strongly believe there has to be a fit between all 4 stakeholders to create a successful and sustainable vacation home.   


We work with our home owners to understand their objectives and what services they value most.  Our services are very comprehensive and sometimes that isn’t what is needed.   We work together with the home owner during the initial stages of vacation rental ownership to develop an agreement of financial objectives, care of the vacation rental and what it takes to be successful.   Often we work with potential home owners to make that when they purchase a vacation rental in Niagara on the Lake it will comply with local regulations and be set up for success!


Visitors to Niagara on the Lake are looking for vacation homes that will act as a home base as they explore our regions.   More often than not, it’s a group of individuals / couples / families  that like to travel together but live in different parts of the world.  Niagara on the Lake is close to 3 big airports: Toronto International, Niagara Falls New York and Buffalo Airports.   Renting a car and traveling across the border is easy!  Once here the guests enjoy visiting Niagara Falls, exploring the region and the vast network of Niagara Parks (often on bicycles), the acclaimed Shaw Festival Theatre, internationally recognized wineries, shops, breweries, and we are the culinary Capital of Canada!   The NY Times has designated Canada as the 2017 top destination and Niagara-on-the-Lake being the original Capital of Canada, this is a great start to explore history, nature and the Canadian culture!  2016 we were awarded the prettiest little town in Canada!  So there is lots to do to make it a vacation to remember!   Niagara on the Lake is often associated with 5 star standards, from our spas, restaurants, hotels and entertainment.  This means that our vacation homes must reflect our community!   As property managers we work with the homeowner to keep the homes simple and easy to enjoy but reflect the experience and standards associated with Niagara-on-the-Lake!


About 5 years ago the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake responded to some very vocal residents to ban vacation rentals.  Over a 2 year period Eric and Janet Trogdon worked closely with the town and helped found the Niagara-on-the-Lake Vacation Rental Association.  We attended numerous meetings at the town, public meetings (including the review by the Ontario Municipal Board).  While we were successful in fighting the ban, we were left with lots of regulations that can be challenging to comply with.    There is a rumour floating around that if you only advertise on AirBnB then you don’t need to be licensed by the town.  This simply is not true.  All Short Term Rentals (including vacation rentals) need to be licensed.  Operating without a license can lead to significant fines.   In addition, in Ontario you must be aware of the restrictions under the Ontario Fire Code, HST implications and insurance requirements.   All of these things are discussed during the due diligence process of any successful business.


Last on the list of Stakeholders, but certainly not least is us, Eric and Janet Trogdon, our crew of hardworking staff, house keepers and subcontractors.   We hire locally, we buy locally and we promote local business whether they be in tourism, building supplies, professionals such as electricians, plumbers and pest control!   We work hard to maintain good working relationships with all those who make our business successful.   Both Eric and Janet have master degrees and professional backgrounds that have translated well into understanding how to run a sustainable vacation rental property management business.  The people we work with are based on our years of hard work and building relationships. 

We are looking forward to the years ahead as we continue to work together with our homeowners and the hard working cast and crew that have supported us over the years to make the guest experience memorable and one that they want to repeat!


Whether you want to learn more about vacation rentals or come visit as a guest, give us a call and let’s get started on developing a relationship that will make you happy that you discovered Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario! 

happy that you discovered Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario! 

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