Lodging Home Bylaw in Antigonish garners interest both Inside and Outside the Town

The town is getting some interest regarding last month’s lodging home bylaw.

During January’s regular meeting of Antigonish Town Council, members offered a public hearing on and then gave second reading to a bylaw regarding lodging homes, or homes with five or more bedrooms with the rooms being rented out separately. The by-law prohibits any more of those homes going up and requires current lodging homes to register with the town.

Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher said staff fielded a number of questions so far, with one landlord in particular wanting to get a jump on making sure his units are up to code. About 90 such structures exist in the town.

Boucher said it’s a popular topic, particularly for university town, calling it a balancing act between providing good, safe housing and also maintaining the integrity of neighbourhoods.