Short-term rentals

Currently, short-term rentals of less than 30-days are not allowed in any of the City's residential zones. Despite this, websites like Airbnb and VRBO, which enable people to rent out their houses, condos and rooms on a nightly basis, have grown rapidly in recent years and the number of short-term vacation rentals in Kelowna’s neighbourhoods appears to also be increasing.

This emerging trend has potential impacts on the local community. Every year, Bylaw Services staff are receiving an increasing number of complaints related to the short-term rental of residential homes. There is also a question of how short-term residential rentals affect the long-term rental housing stock in Kelowna.

The City of Kelowna is in the process of developing regulations to govern short-term rentals, and recognizes the need to create regulations that are fair for citizens.

The public opinion survey closed on December 3, 2017. Staff are currently compiling the results of the survey which will be available early 2018.

The next step will include targeted stakeholder consultation and best practice research.

Project Timeline

Public Opinion SurveyFall 2017 - COMPLETE
Public and stakeholder engagementEarly 2018
Council review of engagement resultsSpring 2018
Staff policy recommendationsFall 2018