Muskoka Grapevine; Huntsville owner renting paddle board for $500/day throws in 3 bdrm cottage

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Ryan David posted his paddle board for a 7 day rental at $500/ day and the best part of the deal is he’s offered his cottage for free with the rental.

In April 2019 Huntsville began collecting a 4% accommodations tax on short term hotel and inn rentals. In fall 2019 council was looking into regulating Airbnb cottage rentals as well.

The new rules would require short-term Airbnb style providers to apply to the municipality for a licence to operate, and then contribute to the new municipal accommodation tax like hotels, motels, lodges, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts have been since spring 2019.

On Sept. 19 Scott Ovell, Huntsville economic development co-ordinator presented town development committee members with a staff report that outlined a process which would see private short term cottage/home rentals regulated and taxed by February 2020.

On Friday Feb. 28 in the Facebook group the Huntsville Voice David posted the following:

“Right here I have a paddle board for rent for the busy cottage season. If you rent my board for 7 days ($500/day) I will throw in a 3 bedroom cottage, hot tub, and dock with a bar, and draft beer fridge for FREE. There is a $1750 damage deposit required, and will be returned if everything is left as you found it.

Just to be clear I’m not renting my cottage, I’m renting you my SUP, you just get the cottage for free.

If you have any questions please contact the town of Huntsville and tell them that their Short Term Accomodation Rental Tax is going to be a complete bungled failure, and will probably cost the tax payer more money to fund and implement this system.


Seems David has found a way around the tax. He added a picture to entice the rental of the board.

If you have an opinion on the Huntsville Cottage/Home rental accommodation tax please submit your comments at

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