Like many areas, British Columbia has seen a dramatic increase in the number of properties being listed as short-term rentals through platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo. A short-term rental is defined as less than 90 consecutive days. With investors buying up properties to rent out short-term for a profit, this has led to a dwindling supply of affordable long-term rentals.
In an effort to increase the number of long-term rentals in British Columbia, the Short-Term Rental Accommodation Act was passed by legislators. This act has a number of elements to it with a varying timeline, cumulating at the end of 2024. Here are the highlights of the legislation:
In addition, a provincial compliance and enforcement team will be created to help municipalities enforce these new requirements.
While the general purpose of this legislation is commendable in its aim to provide more affordable long-term housing options to British Columbians, it has a perhaps unintended effect on relocating employees transitioning to their new homes. With this legislation having just been passed, Weichert Workforce Mobility and Weichert Corporate Housing are working with our partners to gain clarification on any possible exceptions for relocating employees.
Weichert Corporate Housing is working closely with our Canadian Partners to ensure that current restrictive legislation does not come to fruition. We are lending our support to them in their efforts to quash any governmental bylaws that will be disruptive to the current way relocation companies conduct business.Laurie Boyer
While we continue to monitor this legislation, if you’d like to explore possible long-term leases in British Columbia, please reach out to your Client Service Director.