Airbnb is asking the City of Vancouver not to ban short-term rentals in secondary suites.
When the city announced proposed regulations for principal homes, it said licenses wouldn’t be issued for secondary units on a property, like basement suites and laneway homes.
Speaking to council, Airbnb’s policy manager Alex Dagg urged councillors to reconsider.
“We think that issue needs to be looked at, and enough flexibility there for homeowners to do that, because I think you don’t want a system if you put in a regulation and you have more vacant space.”
She asked council to allow flexibility.
“We’d like to encourage you to have a system that allow enough flexibility for families, as families grow children move away, children come back, and you know, allowing the flexibility to adjust as families grow, and change.”
Airbnb adds it could accommodate the city’s request for hosts to post their business license number is all advertising.