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City of Kelowna wants public input on short-term rentals

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With demand for short-term rentals growing , the City of Kelowna is taking measures to develop policies around the issue.

The city is asking residents to provide input that will help shape future regulations governing short-term rentals.

Short-term rentals of less than 30 days are currently not permitted in most parts of Kelowna but that hasn’t stopped residents from breaking the rules.

“Despite not being allowed, the number of short-term rentals in Kelowna listed on websites like Airbnb and VRBO appears to be growing,” community planning supervisor Lindsey Ganczar said. “And we’re seeing an impact from that. Bylaw staff receive approximately 50 complaints annually related to short-term home rentals.”

Council has asked city staff to look for ways to allow short-term rentals that balance the needs of residents, businesses and other stakeholders.

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Residents are being asked to fill out an opinion survey posted online about short-term rentals and how they should be regulated.

Click here to access the survey.

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

The survey closes Dec. 3, 2017.