There is a lot of confusion as to whether or not you can Airbnb in Vancouver, BC. Prior to April 2018, rental stays of less than 30 days were not allowed in Vancouver except for licensed hotels or bed-and-breakfasts in certain zoned areas. However, due to high rental and low vacancy rates, the city voted to begin allowing short-term rentals.
Only certain buildings in Vancouver are allowed to Airbnb and there are a list of requirements that you must qualify for to be able to do so in those buildings. In order to be eligible, you must live in the home yourself for most of the year and it must be a legal suite that meets all building and safety requirements. If you’re a renter or if you’re in a strata, you must have your landlord’s permission or your strata bylaws must allow for short-term rentals.
If you’re looking to buy a property that you can potentially Airbnb or would like that option, then talk to a realtor about which building will fit your needs.
Airbnb Friendly Buildings in Downtown Vancouver:
1372 Seymour Street (The Mark)
33 West Pender Street (33 Living)
989 Nelson Street (Electra)
27 Alexander Street (Alexis)
1010 Howe Street (Fortune House)
1166 Melville Street (Orca Place)
689 Abbott Street (Espana 1)
188 Keefer Place (Espana 2)
58 Keefer Place (Firenze 1)
150 E Cordova
531 Beatty (Metroliving)
1160 Burrard Street
1200 Alberni Street (The Palisades)
1288 Alberni Street (The Palisades West)
933 Seymour Street (The Spot)
1331 Homer Street (The Point 2)
You will also need a short term rental business license from the city of Vancouver. The license requires you pay an activation fee of $58 and has an annual fee of $51 you will pay each year.
You can apply online here!
To apply, you will have to prove that your home meets all of the fire safety and building requirements from smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors (when applicable) and more.
Check out this checklist from the City of Vancouver here.
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