Short-term rentals

Are properties listed on Airbnb and similar websites legal in Vancouver? Not currently.

Home and a monthly calendar with fewer than 30 days marked

A short-term rental (STR) is a home, or a room in a home, that is rented for less than 30 days at a time.

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Currently, short-term rentals are not allowed in Vancouver, except in hotels or bed-and-breakfasts (B&Bs) that are zoned and licensed.

Home and a monthly calendar with more than 30 days marked

Basement suites, laneway homes, and investment properties can be rented long-term for periods of 30 days or more, with a residential rental property business licence.

We're proposing new rules to allow short-term rentals. Have your say at the October 24 public hearing before City Council decides.

Speak to City Council

City Council is holding a public hearing to hear from you and decide on the proposed regulations for short-term rentals.

Tuesday, October 24, 6:00pm
Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue 

Request to speak 

View the agenda and reports 
Prepare your talk and track your turn to speak

What will be allowed

You can rent your principal residence short-term with a valid business licence.

This includes a basement suite or laneway home if:

  1. It's your principal residence
  2. It's a legal suite
  3. You have permission from the owner if you're a renter

What won't be allowed

You can't rent short-term a home that's not your principal residence, including:

  • Commercial and investment properties
  • Second homes

Also, you can't rent illegal suites.

What's a principal residence?

It's where you live most of the year, pay your bills, cook your meals, and receive government mail.

Why we’re changing the rules

Vancouver is facing a housing affordability crisis, rental vacancies are low, and short-term rental listings are growing rapidly. In April 2017, there were 5,927 short-term rentals listed on nine websites, up 10% since 2016. This large, unregulated market creates:

  • Health and safety risks to residents and tourists
  • Imbalance between hotels, long-term renters, and others with taxes and licencing fees

Allowing short-term rentals only in your primary residence with a business licence will:

  • Help protect existing long-term rental housing and potentially add new long-term rental housing to the market
  • Allow you to earn additional income
  • Provide short-term accommodation options

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Report concerns

For concerns about a suspected short-term rental unit, phone 3-1-1.

For isses with Airbnb listings, contact Airbnb.