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Media Release - Meeting will Address Short-term Housing Rental Issues

 

Short-term rental accommodations will be outlined in a public open house being sponsored by the City of Powell River this month.

There will be a presentation on short-term rental accommodations and a question and answer period, to continue dialogue on this important topic on Wednesday, January 17, from 7 to 8:30 pm at the First Credit Union Community Room at the Powell River Public Library.

Many communities across BC, Powell River included, are working to address the growing popularity and challenges created by short-term rental accommodations (Airbnbs, etc.)

"While there are some common provincial and federal laws, the permission to allow short-term rental use in residential dwellings is primarily addressed by local governments," said Jason Gow, Senior Planner for the City of Powell River.

In understanding how to address short-term rentals, there are several fundamental questions to consider. These include: how might short-term nightly rentals support or impact community goals/aspirations?; how many such rentals are appropriate?; where are they best located?; how are short-term rentals managed and enforced?

At the open house, there will be an interactive session where people can talk to City representatives from 7 to 7:30 pm, from 7:30 to 8 pm will be a presentation, and questions and answers will follow.

The City wants to regulate short-term rentals to ensure safety and quality for renters. The City has been monitoring how many Powell River units are advertised on short-term accommodation websites to keep tabs on the local market. So far, the City has not received a single complaint about short-term rental accommodations.

Gow said the public meeting is a good opportunity for residents to learn more about short-term accommodations and about an online survey the City will be conducting later in January.

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For more information, contact:

Jason Gow, Senior Planner

(604) 485-8612

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:45am

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