Richmond Councillors will vote on Monday whether or not to move forward on how to regulate Airbnb-type listings in the city.
One Councillor says it’s about enforcing its current bed and breakfast bylaws.
Councillor Harold Steves says legalizing short-term rentals means “eating up” housing stock.
“Assuming we have about 1,000 illegal hotels in Richmond, about 350 of them are entire houses that would be sold or rented out to someone else long term. We have a housing crisis that’s being taken up by short-term rentals.”
Mayor Malcolm Brodie says current bylaws don’t address short-term rentals and he’d like to see the province step in.
“These operations should be paying their fair share of various kind of taxes for the city and region.”
Brodie says there are nearly 1,600 short-term listings on websites and the city has not handed out any fines.
The staff report recommends legalizing short-term rentals requiring operators to apply for a business license, be a primary resident, and comply with building codes and restrict the number of rentals.