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300+ illegal AirBnBs

A quick search on AirBnB shows there are more than 300 properties available for short-term rental in West Kelowna and 117 on Westbank First Nation Land – all operating illegally.

Unlike the City of Kelowna, neither community has a bylaw in place to allow and regulate short-term rentals.

In July, Kelowna introduced a short-term rental bylaw that would allow a homeowner or primary resident to legally rent their principal residence for a period of 29 days or less. The business licence fees cost owners a few hundred dollars and allow them to advertise their property on sites such as AirBnB or VRBO.

With the introduction of the new rules, many in West Kelowna thought it wouldn't be long before the city looked into a short-term rental bylaw as well, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Currently in West Kelowna, no short-term rentals under one month are allowed in the city.

"Our bylaw indicates you can rent for a month or more," explains City of West Kelowna communications manager Kirsten Jones. "We are complaint based bylaw enforcement, if a complaint comes in it is investigated and followed through.

For more on this story, go to OkanaganEdge.net



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