A new campaign encouraging residents to rent rooms in their homes to seasonal employees
(MUSKOKA, ON) Rent a room in your home to a seasonal employee in 2019. That is the messaging coming from a new initiative launched by local stakeholder groups.
RENT YOUR ROOMS MUSKOKA, a collaborative initiative between Muskoka Tourism, Huntsville / Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce, Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce and Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging Muskokans to rent rooms in their homes as a way to earn supplementary income and to lighten the short-term housing needs for seasonal employees.
“May to October is an important time for our industry. As our tourism businesses ramp up operations, they often recruit seasonal employees to fill their employee needs,” says Jordan Mulligan, Marketing Manager at Muskoka Tourism. “These seasonal employees are vital to our tourism economy, but far too often our partners have to turn away good candidates because there is no short-term housing available.”
Project partners hope that the RENT YOUR ROOMS MUSKOKA marketing campaign will encourage local Muskokans to become renters for a few months of the year. Through a grassroots marketing campaign, the initiative will create a list of room availabilities across the district. The list of room availabilities will become an online rental classifieds tailored to short-term employees.
Once the centralized inventory is created, the group plans on sharing the information with tourism businesses in Muskoka, who can use it as a resource for recruiting seasonal employees.
Says Norah Fountain, General Manager of the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, “We consistently hear from our stakeholders that housing for seasonal employees is a challenge. This new campaign won’t solve these issues, but it might help ease the pain. The end goal is to help our tourism partners recruit great staff for the 2019 season.”
How to RENT YOUR ROOM?
Muskokans interested in renting out a room in their house between the months of May to October 2019 are asked to submit their offering through an online submission form. Click here to access the submission form.
Are you wondering how much to charge for one bedroom with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities? Many of our responses to date have been around $500 per month.
Please note: it is the role of the renter (homeowner) to do the screening of potential tenants, and to make the final arrangements / agreements with potential tenants.