Inspired by new legislation in British Columbia, the federal government is taking action to address a shortage of rental units, which has been exacerbated by short-term rental platforms like Airbnb (Nasdaq: ABNB). Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that the government will be implementing measures in the coming weeks to alleviate this housing issue.
“We know that short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb and Vrbo mean fewer homes for Canadians to rent and live in full time, especially in urban and populated areas of our country. That is why our government is actively examining what options and tools exist at the federal level, to ensure more short-term rentals are made available as long term-rentals, as permanent homes, for Canadians to live in,” said Freeland
In BC, authorities are introducing rules to regulate short-term rentals, including mandatory registration for hosts, higher fines for rule violations, and limitations on rentals to a portion of the principal residence.
This move is in response to a 20% increase in daily active short-term rental listings over the past year in the province.
Despite these efforts, Airbnb remains critical of strict home-sharing regulations, asserting that they have not effectively addressed Canada’s housing crisis, including in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.
Canada is facing a housing crisis as its population grows faster than housing construction can keep up. It has put pressure on Canadian homeowners, who are dealing with high interest rates and increased mortgage payments.
Minister Freeland recently met with the CEOs of Canada’s largest banks to discuss tailored mortgage relief for consumers struggling to meet their monthly mortgage payments. She expects the banks to adhere to the government’s mortgage guidelines.
But this problem is not unique to Canada, as various countries and cities have grappled with the impact of short-term rentals on their housing markets. Some American cities have imposed stricter regulations on short-term rentals, requiring hosts to obtain licenses and pay registration fees.
In Florence, Italy, new short-term residential lets have been banned, and in Byron Bay, Australia, restrictions have been placed on certain properties for short-term holiday rentals.
Information for this story was found via the sources and companies mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to the organizations discussed. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.