The City of Vancouver is touting the results of the first six months since its short-term rental regulations came into effect.
Officials have taken actions such as tickets and inspections against more than 800 suspected unauthorized short-term properties so far, opening 2,000 case files, according to a news release issued Thursday.
Operators must have a licence, be operating the rental out of their principal residence, must abide by their landlord or strata rules, and not cause trouble or be unsafe.
In February, a commercial operator of 35 short-term rental listings at two properties was fined $20,000 for one property and has a trial date set for the second. Two more operators have pleaded guilty to violating the short-term rental bylaws and were fined $2,500 each.
Mayor Kennedy Stewart calls that “encouraging” in the results pushing more supply of homes into the long-term rental market.
The city has received more than 750 complaints from the public since the regulations came into effect on Sept. 1, 2018.
To report a potential illegal short-term rental, call 3-1-1, fill out the form here, or submit a report on the VanConnect app.