Al­berta law­mak­ers close loop­hole on condo rentals

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS — EDMONTON

Al­berta law­mak­ers will no longer be able to rent out their tax­payer-sub­si­dized apart­ments.

Mem­bers of the leg­is­la­ture’s all-party mem­ber ser­vices com­mit­tee have ap­proved a mo­tion clos­ing a loop­hole that al­lowed for­mer United Con­ser­va­tive Party MLA Derek Filde­brandt to rent out his sub­si­dized condo on Airbnb.

Filde­brandt later paid back the money, but re­signed from the party cau­cus last month over the rental and other con­tro­ver­sies.

The mo­tion says politi­cians who claim money for a tem­po­rary home can’t use any com­mer­cial ser­vice to rent it out as a va­ca­tion rental or for short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion.

United Con­ser­va­tive Party in­terim Leader Nathan Cooper says he is sat­is­fied with the change, and doesn’t be­lieve the scan­dal will dog the party.

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