This Victoria duplex is half family home, half Airbnb party house, and all headache
Most people have a neighbour or two on either side of their home.
But a Victoria woman who lives in one half of a duplex has found herself having to cope with new neighbours every few days. Loud ones, too.
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Melanie Wood works from home, and she hears noise coming from an Airbnb on the other side at all hours of the day.
Renters are holding rowdy parties, the garbage is overflowing and people are taking mint off an herb garden she keeps in the backyard.
“I know you want a mojito but please don’t take my mint,” Wood said in an interview with Global News.
The home is located in an area that hasn’t been zoned for short-term rentals.
But even with those restrictions, the City of Victoria has yet to address Wood’s concerns.
“I’m not sleeping at night, I’m crying on the phone to city councillors,” she said.
“I’m crying on the phone to the police.”
The owner of the other half of the duplex said it was pitched to her as a great way to earn money through Airbnb.
She said the city hasn’t reached her about Wood’s complaints, but said she would follow any changes that the municipality asked for.
But it’s difficult to say when the city will address those concerns.
City clerk Chris Coates told Global News that bylaw officers currently have 18 complaints about short-term rentals, and that all of them have to be “actioned on a priority basis.”
A spokesperson for Airbnb said most hosts in Victoria are people who share their homes for a few nights every month just to “make ends meet.”
But hosts have to follow the rules before they list their homes, the company said.
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