Whistler is in the midst of a rental housing crunch and it’s partly because of illegal nightly rentals.
The other part of it has to do with strong economic activity in the winter and summer.
Whistler produces $1.54 billion in GDP every year.
But Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden says they are also seeing more and more nightly rentals pop-up in area’s zoned only for “residential.”
They want to end that by making some changes to the by-laws.
“We’re going to be considering amending business regulation by-laws to require any nightly rentals to have a specific business licence, that way people not zoned correctly won’t be able to obtain a business licence and we’re hoping this will bring back some rental inventory for employees.”
In the meantime, with the workforce growing to levels not seen in 15 years, she says workers are having to find other alternatives.
“We’ve heard, just anecdotally, that there are more people living in vans and RV’s or commuting from Pemberton and Squamish.”
The Mayors Task Force was set-up to address the rental housing shortage.
They meet Monday for the first time.