Post by High Priestess on Jan 14, 2017 16:41:03 GMT
City of Vancouver staff have done very little over the past year to crack down on short-term rentals in multi-unit residential buildings, based on documents obtained in a freedom of information request.
Documents show that between Jan. 1, 2016 and Nov 30 2016, city staff conducted only three on-site visits at buildings where they suspected units were illegally for rent through sites like Airbnb. Over the same time period, inspectors sent letters to just 10 other property owners ordering them to cease short-term rentals in their units.
The meagre action on the issue came in a year when staff and councillors searched for ways to free up affordable rental stock (most of which is in multi-unit buildings) and boost the city’s near-zero long-term rental vacancy rate. It also came while staff received scores of complaints from residents about problems with short-term rentals in neighbouring units.