Home News Vancouver proposes licensed short-term Airbnb rentals to increase supply

Vancouver proposes licensed short-term Airbnb rentals to increase supply


VANCOUVER – Vancouver is proposing a new business-licence system for short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb to deal with “dangerously” low vacancy rates.

Mayor Gregor Robertson says the new regulations would allow short-term rentals in principal residences that are either owned or rented.

But the proposed changes would make daily or weekly rentals illegal in homes that aren’t principal residences or are structures like boats or trailers.

Robertson says the lack of long-term rental housing has reached a crisis point and the aim of the changes is to get at least 1,000 housing units back on the market.

He says current regulations requiring a minimum 30-day rental period will be amended so residents can rent part or all of their principle homes on a short-term basis.

General manager of building and licensing Kaye Krishna says city staff has reached out to all major companies operating short-term rentals online to come up with what is believed to be a balanced approach.

Most Popular

How to Safely Celebrate Easter and Passover

Though it may not be quite the same as past holidays, this Easter, Passover or any other event can still be filled with love,...

Magic Days Coming to Museum of Surrey

Surrey, BC – Lon Mandrake, magician, and son of the late famous Mandrake the Magician, will perform a little abracadabra at Museum of Surrey on...

TransLink completes modernization of 1980s-era SkyTrain technology

NEW WESTMINSTER: TransLink has replaced aging speakers and signs on the SkyTrain system by installing 280 new customer information screens and over 1,400 new...

Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

SURREY – Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Abbotsford Regional Hospital after evidence of transmission in a medicine unit. Four patients at Abbotsford Regional...