While the City of Vancouver announced it’s moving forward with the empty homes tax, council will be moving forward to look at ways to regulate short term rentals through sites like AirBnB.
Councillor Geoff Meggs says he anticipates staff recommendations will include a business application by way of licensing.
“We have to take account of the new realities of the online system. So I anticipate we’ll try to do what other cities have looked at, which is create a new level of involvement that would involve application, licensing, or approval number to people who are doing the online booking platform.”
He says the licensing would have to be incorporated into the website in some way.
“I think it may say….’look you’re going to have that city license number on your advertisement’, so that there’s accountability is there’s a problem, a guest comes and there’s bed bugs which weren’t advertised ahead of time or something, they have a way to check back. And it gives everybody a sense of where the units are and if they are complying with city laws and regulations.”
Meggs says the official reports comes down next week, council will discuss recommendations at the end of the month.
A vote is expected by the end of the year.