Written by: Elliot Funt, Real Estate Advisor, Engel & Völkers Vancouver

Written by: Elliot Funt, Real Estate Advisor, Engel & Völkers Vancouver

Buildings Located in Vancouver That Allow Airbnb & Other Short-Term Rentals

Please note that this list is here as a helpful guide to finding buildings that currently allow Airbnb & other short-term rentals. The City of Vancouver defines short-term rentals as rentals under 30 days. A word of caution: even if a building currently allows short-term rentals, strata bylaws can be voted on and quickly change in the future. This list may become out of date without my knowledge, and therefore it is extremely imperative to double check the latest bylaws (you, or your Realtor®, can acquire the latest bylaws from the listing/selling Realtor® for a specific property) just before purchasing in any of these buildings for the specific purpose of short-term rentals, do not under any circumstances rely solely on this list.

There are also bylaws from the City of Vancouver that you must follow and it is essential to learn about these bylaws before buying a property you intend to use for short-term rentals.

To the very best of my knowledge, this list is up-to-date as of March 15th, 2019 (on Sept 18, 2019 & Oct 7, 2019, I removed a few buildings, where bylaws have changed, there may be others buildings I am unaware of). This list may not reflect buildings that are currently changing or have very recently changed their short-term rental bylaws. Some buildings are also more friendly to short-term rentals than other buildings. Once again, to ensure that the building still allows short-term rentals, please double check the building bylaws and strata council minutes before purchasing, or please contact me!

  • 688 Abbott Street & 58 Keefer Place (Firenze).

  • 689 Abbott Street (Espana 1).

  • 27 Alexander Street (Alexis).

  • 1200 Alberni Street (The Palisades).

    • Oct 7, 2019 - Note that this building may have had a recent change to bylaws.

  • 1288 Alberni Street (The Palisades West).

  • 1003 Burnaby Street (The Milano).

  • 1160 Burrard Street.

    • Last confirmed Oct 7, 2019 - No specific bylaw saying one cannot have short-term rentals (i.e. it is currently okay under the bylaws). It is quite possible that the bylaws will be changed in the future.

  • 55 E Cordova Street (Koret Lofts) - 7 day minimum.

  • 1200 W Georgia Street (Residences On Georgia).

    • Oct 24, 2019 - One current listing says 30 days minimum, very possible this building has just changed it’s bylaws.

  • 933, 955, & 983 E Hastings Street (Strathcona Village).

    • Last confirmed Oct 7, 2019.

  • 1323 & 1331 Homer Street (Pacific Point).

    • Last checked Oct 7, 2019 - Could not easily confirm, appears to still be okay.

  • 1010 Howe Street (Fortune House).

    • Last checked Oct 7, 2019 - Could not easily confirm, appears to still be okay.

  • 188 Keefer Place (Espana 2).

  • 1166 Melville Street (Orca Place).

    • Last checked Oct 7, 2019 - Could not easily confirm, appears to still be okay.

  • 989 Nelson Street (Electra).

    • Last confirmed Oct 24, 2019.

  • 33 West Pender Street (33 Living).

    • Last confirmed Oct 7, 2019.

  • 933 Seymour Street (The Spot).

    • This building has voted down several resolutions restricting short-term rentals. Last voted down February 20, 2019. To my knowledge this is the safest long-term investment for Airbnb in all of Vancouver.

  • 1372 Seymour Street (The Mark)

    • Last confirmed Oct 24, 2019.

If you are aware of incorrect information regarding any of the above properties, please send me an email.

City of Vancouver - Short Term Rental Information

The following information is taken directly from the City of Vancouver website:

Effective September 1, 2018, all short-term rental operators in Vancouver must have a business licence and include their licence number in all online listings and advertising, or they may be subject to fines up to $1,000 per offence.

  • A short-term rental can be an entire home, or a room within that home, that is rented for less than 30 consecutive days at a time.

  • A short-term rental can only be operated from your principal residence – the home where you live, as an owner or tenant, and use for bills, identification, taxes, and insurance.

  • Short-term rentals are only permitted in secondary homes or basements suites if the operator lives there full time.

  • All short-term rental operators must have a valid business licence and include it in all online listings and advertisements.

  • Your strata bylaws or landlord must permit the use of short-term rentals in your home before you apply for a licence.

  • Non-compliance may result in fines of up to $1,000 per offence.

More information can be found here: https://vancouver.ca/doing-business/short-term-rentals.aspx

Costs & Applying

The short-term rental business license has an application fee of $58 + an annual fee of $51.

To apply, you can click on this link

To learn more about short-term rentals from a licensed Realtor®, please contact me.

Elliot Funt - Real Estate Advisor with Engel & Völkers Vancouver
Email: Elliot@Funt.ca
Text or phone: (778) 991-3868.

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