Summerland considers regulation of short-term vacation rentals – Keremeos Review
Summerland council will be considering a bylaw to regulate short-term private vacation rentals this fall.
Graham Statt, executive director of Summerland, said there are around 250 private vacation rental units in the community, but there are no regulations regulating them.
In some cases complete homes or townhouses are rented to visitors, but in other cases a carriage house or part of a house is available for rent.
âThese accommodations provide an opportunity to complement hotels and motels,â Statt said.
He added that some of the owners of these units have asked the municipality to consider regulations for the units.
Details of the settlement have yet to be determined, Statt said.
Currently, Summerland does not have any policies or regulations in place governing short-term private vacation rentals. Other communities in the Okanagan Valley have had bylaws in place for some time.
Penticton began processing these rentals as early as 2011. Kelowna added regulations around 2017.
Additionally, individual strata companies may have their own bylaws, limiting or prohibiting short-term vacation rentals on their premises.
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