Summerland considers regulation of short-term vacation rentals – Penticton Western News


The Municipality of Summerland will be reviewing a bylaw this fall, regulating short-term private vacation rentals (photo from Black Press file)

Summerland considers regulation for short-term vacation rentals

The community has around 250 short-term private units, but no regulations at present

Summerland council will be considering a bylaw to regulate short-term private vacation rentals this fall.

Graham Statt, executive director of Summerland, said there are around 250 private vacation rental units in the community, but there are no regulations regulating them.

In some cases complete homes or townhouses are rented to visitors, but in other cases a carriage house or part of a house is available for rent.

“These accommodations provide an opportunity to complement hotels and motels,” Statt said.

He added that some of the owners of these units have asked the municipality to consider regulations for the units.

Details of the settlement have yet to be determined, Statt said.

At this time, Summerland does not have any policies or regulations in place governing short-term private vacation rentals. Other communities in the Okanagan Valley have had bylaws in place for some time.

Penticton began processing these rentals as early as 2011. Kelowna added regulations around 2017.

Additionally, individual strata companies may have their own regulations, limiting or prohibiting short-term vacation rentals on their premises.

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