Acknowledging the economic and social benefits of this activity, City leaders outlined steps to revise and streamline policies around short-term rentals and harness these benefits. Stating that “Models like Airbnb appear to be here to stay,” the City identified areas where we can work together moving forward, including:
Looking to adapt and evolve as and where necessary the wording of our relevant zoning and bylaws [to] cover the needs of those home owners providing their homes for short term rentals through sites such as Airbnb
Working to ensure a more even playing field for short term accommodations by evolving towards a fair taxation approach
Working to ensure that Airbnb listings are available for emergency accommodations if required in the event of a disaster
Shared promotion of the city and neighbourhoods and local businesses as a leading tourist destination.
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