Strata Short-Term Rental Bylaws
Some strata corporations have bylaws to limit or ban short-term rentals. Effective November 30, 2018 the fine for owners or residents violating a short-term rental strata bylaw can be up to $1,000 a day.
This meets another one of the commitments announced February 20, 2018 in the Province’s 30-point affordable housing plan (pdf).
On July 18, 2018, strata regulation 7.1 (OIC 418-2018) was amended to allow strata corporations to impose a fine of up to $1,000 a day for owners or residents not complying with a strata bylaw limiting or banning short-term rentals. The previous allowable fine of $200 a week was not a sufficient deterrent. This new level of fine only applies to short-term rental bylaws.
This new fine level became effective November 30, 2018 allowing short-term rental hosts time to comply with strata bylaws limiting or banning short-term rentals.
In addition to strata bylaws there is also provincial legislation which governs short-term rentals. On February 8, 2018 the Province established an agreement with Airbnb to collect up to 11% in taxes on short-term rentals. The taxes include the 8% provincial sales tax (PST) and, where applicable, a municipal and regional district tax (MRDT) of up to 3% on accommodations. Revenues from the provincial sales tax (PST), anticipated at $16 million annually, will be used to improve housing affordability.
Short-term rentals may also be regulated by local governments. For example, Vancouver is limiting short-term rentals to primary residences only. Vancouver has also negotiated with Airbnb (the largest short-term rental platform) to only post Vancouver Airbnb listings with a Vancouver business license number.
If a strata corporation and its owners are considering adopting a bylaw to limit or ban short-term rentals it is very helpful to consult with a knowledgeable strata lawyer. Short-term rentals are a complex topic and there are many factors to consider.
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