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Nov. 28, 2021

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Letter: Crack down on short-term rentals

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Did you know that there are at least 270 Airbnbs in Vancouver, and that many of these are non-owner occupied? At a recent city council workshop on the topic, this was acknowledged, as well as the fact that most of them are noncompliant.

The city doesn’t enforce this through code compliance, and more houses are being converted to short-term rentals all the time. This removes 270 units from long-term housing, thus decreasing the availability and affordability of housing, something the city seems to want to increase.

Indeed, a recent Columbian front-page story was a new development in the Heights that will feature 250 rental units. Wouldn’t it be a lot easier, quicker and cheaper to simply convert back the housing units that are already built? In addition, short-term renters detract from a neighborhood feel as you don’t get to know them and they contribute nothing in terms of neighborhood cohesiveness.

The mayor has proposed sending all owners letters with deadlines to convert these units to long-term housing. If you agree, please let the council know, and demand that they enforce it, adding code compliance employees if necessary. Don’t let your neighborhood lose its identity.

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