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Regulating Airbnb in Ktown

An increase in the number of illegal short-term rentals continues to be a concern for the City of Kelowna.

In an effort to balance the needs of residents, businesses and others, the city is looking for feedback from residents to shape regulations on short-term rentals.

A survey has been posted on the city's website, asking for opinions on how they should be regulated. 

“Despite not being allowed, the number of short-term rentals in Kelowna listed on websites like Airbnb and VRBO appears to be growing,” says Lindsey Ganczar, community planning supervisor.

“And, we’re seeing an impact from that. Bylaw staff receive approximately 50 complaints annually related to short-term home rentals.”

Short-term rentals of 30-days or less are only allowed in comprehensive development and tourist commercial zones.

There are currently more than 300 listings in Kelowna on Airbnb.

Feedback gathered from the survey will help guide the development of new policies.

The survey closes Sunday, Dec. 3.

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