City bans Airbnb rentals in laneways, base­ments

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Van­cou­ver has banned short-term rentals in base­ment suites and laneway homes, af­ter a heated de­bate that saw some city coun­cil­lors warn that home­own­ers would not be able to pay their mort­gages with­out in­come from Airbnb. City coun­cil ap­proved new reg­u­la­tions for va­ca­tion stays through web­sites such as Airbnb and Ex­pe­dia on Tues­day. The rules pro­hibit hosts from list­ing units that are not their prin­ci­pal res­i­dence, in­clud­ing any sec­ondary suites on the prop­erty.

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