The City of Vancouver is stepping up enforcement action against developers offering short-term rentals in their luxury apartment buildings.
A CKNW investigation most recently found Peterson Group’s Carmana Plaza was still running an illegal hotel.
The city’s bylaw department now has the job of building its case.
“The challenge with short-term rentals is getting proof.”
General Manager of Development, Buildings & Licensing Kaye Krishna says in particular, proof that will hold up in court can take some time to compile.
“We found they would very quickly take down their postings unless someone has already collected evidence. And it has to be that specific room, the number of nights, that sort of thing.”
Krishna says a bylaw inspector can’t just show up at a unit, because often it looks just like a regular apartment would.
The concern over luxury apartment buildings operating as illegal hotels is growing.
CKNW has uncovered developers Onni and Peterson Group doing just that.
The city says Onni has stopped the practice at its Level property on Seymour, but Peterson Group chose not to listen to a warning.