Vancouver has banned homeowners of basement suites and laneway homes from itemizing them on Airbnb after a heated debate during which some metropolis councillors warned that householders wouldn’t be capable of pay their mortgages with out the additional earnings.
City council authorised new laws in a 7-Four vote Tuesday for trip web sites similar to Airbnb and Expedia. The guidelines prohibit hosts from itemizing houses that aren’t their principal residence, together with any secondary suites on their property.
Mayor Gregor Robertson and members of his Vision Vancouver celebration defended the foundations as essential as a result of the emptiness charge is simply above zero and housing is required for long-term renters.
I am unable to think about doing nothing.Mayor Gregor Robertson
“I’m stunned to hear that some councillors don’t believe there’s a problem here. We have 6,000 illegal short-term rentals in the city,” he stated.
“I can’t imagine doing nothing.”
The new laws will come into impact on April 1, 2018. Hosts should purchase a enterprise licence that prices $49 yearly, plus spend $54 on a one-time software charge, and show their licence quantity in on-line itemizing. Those who fail to conform will face a $1,000 ticket per violation.
Homeowners will nonetheless be allowed to record a person room inside their principal residence. Tenants who’re renting a basement condo or laneway home might be allowed to record it on Airbnb, so long as it is their principal residence they usually have permission from the proprietor.
Some short-term rental hosts criticized the proposed guidelines at a public listening to final month, saying the modifications will deprive them of much-needed earnings.
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Councillors from the opposing Non-Partisan Association echoed these issues on Tuesday, with Coun. George Affleck warning that householders who rely upon the additional earnings might be compelled to depart Vancouver or lead “very challenging lives.”
Affleck stated the town ought to as an alternative deal with making certain extra rental housing will get constructed.
“We’re just creating more bureaucracy, more taxation, more sticks and we’re not solving the problem. We’re making Vancouver more unaffordable and a harder place to live, whether you’re a renter or an owner,” he stated.
But Coun. Andrea Reimer of Vision Vancouver stated secondary suites and laneway homes have been authorised to supply lodging for native residents, not vacationers.
She stated she simply obtained an eviction discover at her rental residence on Monday evening — her second eviction in 16 months as a consequence of “hypothesis and flipping.
If the emptiness charge rises to 4 per cent or larger, metropolis employees will report again to council on whether or not to permit homeowners to record their secondary suites on short-term rental web sites.
Council additionally handed a voluntary transaction charge of three per cent on bookings, which might be remitted to the town.
Alex Dagg, public coverage supervisor for Airbnb Canada, stated the corporate is unable to impose a voluntary charge and as an alternative wish to see the province amend the lodge tax in order that it applies to short-term leases.
Dagg applauded Vancouver for making short-term leases authorized, however she criticized the ban on itemizing secondary suites. Many folks record them on Airbnb as a result of they’re in use by household or buddies for a lot of the 12 months and cannot be rented to long-term tenants, she stated.
“What short-term renting does is allow a homeowner or someone in a primary residence to use their space in a flexible way,” she stated in an interview.
The metropolis estimates 80 per cent of short-term leases will turn out to be authorized below the brand new guidelines. Dagg stated the estimate traces up with Airbnb’s numbers on people who find themselves renting their principal residences.
Vancouver is the most recent jurisdiction to crack down on trip web sites. Seattle council voted Monday to impose a levy of $14 per evening for short-term leases of complete houses, and $eight per evening for rooms, with the taxes to kick in by 2019.
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