Category: Housing

BC’s small towns struggling with housing crunch triggered by online short-term rentals

Mayors and councillors from across BC jammed a meeting room at the Union of BC Municipalities convention today to compare notes on the unprecedented housing crisis they face as a result of the explosion of online short-term rentals…. Read More

Vancouver tenant gives her perspective on short-term rental issue, pro and con

After a week that included meetings with Airbnb officials and Vancouver Airbnb hosts, this e-mail arrived  in my inbox from a tenant setting out exactly the issues council will have to contend with when it adopts new regulations…. Read More

Landlord BC urging new incentives for rental construction as solution to housing crunch

Rental housing and the rights of tenants are shaping up as two big issues emerging in the run-up to the 2017 provincial election campaign. Landlord BC today condemned the bidding wars for rental housing that are breaking out… Read More

Study finds Airbnb taking five percent of hotel market; multi-unit hosts taking half of revenue

A recent study of Airbnb’s impact on the hotel industry in Canada has concluded that the online booking service is taking 5.1 percent of Metro Vancouver’s hotel revenue and meeting about 5.3 percent of overall demand. “Our industry… Read More