BC mayors renew call for province to regulate short-term rentals – Sooke News Mirror

The Union of BC Municipalities is calling on the provincial government to regulate short-term rental housing with a framework similar to that used for carpooling.

UBCM released a report containing 13 requests to implement a provincial regulatory framework for the short-term rental industry. Municipalities in British Columbia have some tools to regulate short-term rentals, but they often lack the resources to enforce these regulations.

A joint advisory group between UBCM and the province was convened to consider the issue in 2020. The group found that short-term rentals often have a negative impact on housing availability and affordability, although they do not. said more data was needed to determine the amount of short-term rentals. impacted the housing market.

Short-term rentals have also generated many complaints related to noise, parking, garbage, and neighbor safety.

But short-term rentals aren’t all bad. They provide housing benefits for temporary workers, providing temporary workers with a place to stay and freeing up rental accommodation for longer-term tenants. The main advantages are the increase in the capacity of tourist accommodation, family trips and reservations for sports travelers and groups. Short-term rentals give these groups the flexibility to stay in areas where accommodation may not have been available previously and make travel more affordable.

In order to maximize the advantages and limit the disadvantages of short-term rentals, UBCM has issued five requests for intervention from the province.

They want the province to create a regulatory framework similar to carpooling services; require all booking platforms like Air BnB and VRBO to make data available through a provincial interface so that local governments can see listings of properties, hosts, reservations and complaints in their community; require applications to publish a commercial license and authorization information to prevent fraud; introduce legislation to collect PST and regional district municipal tax when making reservations; study modifications to the MRDT in order to broaden the use of these tax revenues to offset the impacts on housing and neighborhoods.

“These requests for action would significantly reduce the regulatory burden on local governments, while still providing flexibility to balance regulation with the benefits of having short-term rentals available,” said Jack Crompton, Mayor of Whistler. and co-chair of Joint UBCM – Provincial Advisory Group on Short-Term Leasing.

“The report also recognizes the need for improved data on short-term rentals in BC communities to support effective regulation and the need for a provincial interface available to local governments.

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