County will investigate Airbnb
Angus Ross is concerned. He sees an increasing number of whole family homes used as short-term vacation rentals. He’s especially concerned about those whose owners use websites like AirBNB.
Ross gave a deputation to a committee of council on Thursday expressing some of the reasons for his concerns, including an unreasonably rising cost of housing, lack of long-term rental stock and a degradation of neighbourhoods as some residents find themselves surrounded by vacation rentals instead of neighbours.
Councillor Lenny Epstein, who has publicly made it known he has income property advertised on AirBNB, recused himself from the conversation. The rest of council, expressing concern, sent an order to staff to investigate potential opportunities to limit, tax or regulate these rentals.
Pick up the Times on Wednesday for more details.