Letter: Change the policy on Airbnbs

“Who are the people in your neighborhood? Is a catchy tune from “Sesame Street”. These days we really ask ourselves who are the people in our neighborhood? We don’t know, because they only stay for a few days or a week. They don’t raise their children here, vote in elections, or contribute to our neighborhoods.

According to a recent council workshop, Airbnbs are becoming more and more popular. Airbnb numbers in Vancouver increased 165%; 71% are full rentals where we assume there is no owner on the premises. These rentals change our neighborhoods with their transitory character, noise, parking problems, etc. Complete rentals are also taking stock of the market in a city in a housing crisis. Additionally, city staff say most are not even allowed to be in residential areas.

Love my boulder in the Carter Park neighborhood. The people there everyday make it a great place to live. We are a dynamic and caring neighborhood.

City Council will lead the code for the operation of Airbnbs in Vancouver. Help influence politics and protect the neighborhood you love by writing to City Council to stop full Airbnbs (https://www.cityofvancouver.us/citycouncil/contact/city-council-contact-information).

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