City invites public input on Airbnb rules as number of city online listings breaks 5,000

Short-term rentals are having an impact in rental and strata buildings.

Short-term rentals are having an impact in rental and strata buildings.

Vancouver residents are being invited to weigh in on how the city should regulate short-term online rentals like Airbnb when a new online survey begins July 20 at vancouver.ca/short-term-rentals.

This is one issue where foreign ownership should not be factor – clearly, most of the city’s more than 5,000 listings are being put out there by city owners and residents.

Information released this week both by the city and by Airbnb point to a dramatic escalation in short-term rentals since 2013, particularly in neighbourhoods like Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant, where affordable rental stock is at a premium.

City manager Sadhu Johnson summarized the latest analysis completed by an independent consultant in a memo to council. The key findings: listings now exceed 5,000 units, 85 percent are with Airbnb and neighbourhoods close to downtown are most impacted.

The results of the online survey will be combined with other city analysis for a report to council in September. Then a second round of consultation will occur before a council decision by the end of the year.