Restrict Short-Term Vacation Rentals

Short-Term Rentals

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The City of Victoria is facing a housing crisis – affordability, availability and livability are being compromised when residential properties are being transformed into a commercial commodity as short-term vacation rentals.

Victoria is now ranked the second least affordable place to live in Canada. The 2016 ‘Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey’ indicates that a home in Victoria now has a price tag that is more than 6.9 times the median household income of the area. In their view, a home in this city is “seriously un-affordable” to many buyers and is certainly well beyond the financial means of most renters.

Victoria City Council currently supports the commercialization of residential property and City staff will issue a commercial 'transient accommodation' business license to property owners that want to operate short-term vacation rentals. City Council would rather protect the financial interest of real-estate speculators, developers and those that operate in the 'grey economy' rather than take the necessary action to remove 'transient accommodation' as a permitted use and help return more than 300 short-term vacation rentals in the downtown core to the long-term housing market.

The Citizen Coalition Against Short-Term Vacation Rentals opposes the commercialization of residential property and we ask that you support our initiative, by signing our petition, to remove 'transient accommodation' as a permitted use in the downtown core:

We, the undersigned, call on Victoria City Council to take action to stop the commercialization of residential properties and improve housing livability, availability and affordability through a city initiated 'right-zoning' of downtown residential properties by removing "transient accommodation" as a permitted use in residential properties, and return those dwelling units back into the local housing supply.


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  • My residentially zoned neighbourhood is quietly being taken over by STR’s that add nothing to the fabric of my community, nothing to the safety and dependability of familiar neighbours, and nothing to the investment of ideas to the future planning of my neighbourhood. With a critical shortage of long-term rental accommodation in Victoria, I find this shockingly irresponsible.
  • Sign the petition: Restrict Short-Term Vacation Rentals
  • Theresa Dickinson
  • Takashi Ito
  • Sign the petition: Restrict Short-Term Vacation Rentals
  • As much as I like the idea of air bnb, the reality of it is incredibly damaging. You end up with living spaces either sitting empty, or being occupied with people who aren’t contributing as much to society as a permanent resident would. It also doesn’t allow the younger generation a chance to get in to the market.
  • Stephanie Sherlock
  • No STVR! Homes are not hotels!
  • Say No to STVR! Homes are not hotels!
  • Sign the petition: Restrict Short-Term Vacation Rentals
  • We need to focus on housing our own citizens, before we talk about sharing an already limited resource with visitors. There are currently plenty of tourism based accommodations available in Victoria.