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Kelowna ready to crack down on illegal short-term rentals

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November 28, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Kelowna homeowners who rent out their properties on Airbnb or similar short-term rental sites have had more than six months to buy business licences so the City is going to crack down on those who haven’t complied.

“So far, less than half of the approximately 1,300 short-term rentals identified as listed online are licensed,” states a City news release. “Operators without a business license and not compliant with rules and regulations may face a fine of up to $500 per day, per offence, or more if compliance efforts require escalation.”

A contractor has been hired to enforce the rules, which include things like parking, fire and safety requirements and booking rules, as well as having a licence.

Renewal notices will be mailed to licenced operators in early December with payment due by Jan. 15.

Neighbours can check out the rules at and can file complaints about guests or unlicenced suites at or by phoning 778-760-8747.

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