Why this short-term rental owner is worried about possible regulations
A short-term rental owner in Georgetown, P.E.I., says she is concerned with regulations that could change the rules of the industry. Stacy Toms said there is too much negative talk from politicians and other groups and individuals, so she recently posted on social media defending short-term rentals. "Trying to give a different face on it, it's not necessarily big corporations, it's small families just trying to make a bit of extra money," Toms said. The Toms family bought a home about two years ago with another relative, and rented it out this summer. "Just a way to give us a bit of extra income," she said.
New bylaws to allow and regulate short - term rentals in Kelowna are now in effect, and anyone operating a short - term rental must apply for and be issued a business licence. Under the new rules, a homeowner or primary resident can legally rent their principal residence for periods of 29 days or less.
The City of Kelowna is cracking down on the number of short - term rentals operating illegally . It believes there are hundreds of people renting out their homes without the proper license.
The City of Kelowna is hiring a company to help crack down on the hundreds of short-term rentals it believes are operating illegally in the city.
According to the city, five months after a short-term rental licence became officially required, more than 800 people still don't have one.
The city said finding those unlicensed operators is labour-intensive, so it's hiring a company to do the work for around $100,000 a year.
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A 19-year-old who was shot at a Toronto "mansion party" hosted in an Airbnb rental last April is now suing the company, the property owner and the event's alleged organizers."It felt like someone had just stabbed something through me," said Sean McCann, recalling the moment he was struck by gunfire. "It was a sting and a burn and then just a lot of pain.
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However, the city said the taxpayers won't have to foot that bill.
Instead, Kelowna expects to cover the cost through licensing fees.
Licensing prices for short-term rental operators vary, but typically run between $350 and $750 a year, more than triple the cost of Vancouver's.
For licensed short-term rental host Cherie Hansen, who paid less than $30 for a business licence for years, it's too much.
"For those of us who are seniors, and the largest percentage of Airbnb operators in Kelowna are seniors, who are open about 60 days a year, raising the business licence that much really hurts us," Hansen said.
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The department has usually found illegal short - term rentals through online advertisements, but operators have employed tactics to hide the properties Rental operators found in violation will first be issued a warning, giving them seven days to shut down. The cases are closed if officials cannot find
Short - term rental operators who are operating without a business licence will now be subject to compliance action and fines. We are invested in being a City that is shaped by collaboration, responsible decision making, connected citizens and by adapting in smart ways to rapid growth.
The city said that in the fall, it sent out hundreds of warning letters to unlicensed short-term rental operators and is now seeing "positive results."
"People are recognizing that they've been caught and they're coming in and seeing what they have to do to licence up for 2020," said Kelowna's business licence manager Greg Wise.
The city said it hasn't issued any fines yet, but they are coming and will cost operators $500 a day.
If someone has several fines, the city plans to pursue court action.
Police lay 228 charges in alleged illegal gambling ring tied to organized crime .
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