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Short-term rentals: Service or scourge?

City of Vancouver turns attention to issue as complaints mount over homes available on Airbnb, other sites

By Will Campbell, Columbian Associate Editor
Published: February 27, 2022, 6:04am
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Jon Day holds letters he received from the city of Vancouver outside his Airbnb rental. The city is in the early stages of figuring out its long-term plan and laws for Airbnb and other short-term rental homes. Some homeowners rent their homes for financial support with no objections from neighbors, but other homes are a source of complaints.
Jon Day holds letters he received from the city of Vancouver outside his Airbnb rental. The city is in the early stages of figuring out its long-term plan and laws for Airbnb and other short-term rental homes. Some homeowners rent their homes for financial support with no objections from neighbors, but other homes are a source of complaints. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Jon Day and Vicki Coles have two vastly different experiences with the short-term home rentals that Vancouver homeowners have been offering on sites such as Airbnb.

Day, who rents out an additional dwelling unit attached to his home, uses it to help pay the mortgage on his house, and he only rents it out when friends or family aren’t coming to visit.

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