Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Salt Spring vacation rental case in court this week

A vacation rental listing site is being sued for providing information about vacation rental homes on an island near Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada.  The short term rentals are deemed to be illegal because some of them are in residential zones.  The listing site says that even if the homes are illegal, you can't sue a third party simply because they provide a service to the homes.

By Sean McIntyre - Gulf Islands Driftwood
Published: October 26, 2011 10:00 AM

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee’s claim against Westcoast Vacations Inc. is the subject of a three-day legal hearing at the Vancouver Law Courts this week.

Back in March, the Islands Trust’s bylaw enforcement division alleged the island-based property rental website contravened the Salt Spring Land Use Bylaw by providing clients with access to illegal short-term vacation rental properties on the island.

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