Thursday, November 1, 2012

BC Supreme Court Rules Residences Can Be Rented

Justice Peter Leask of the BC Supreme Court ruled this week that Westcoast Vacations Inc does not operate commercial guest accommodations  and is therefore not in violation of local laws that would prevent them from renting out residences on a short term basis.

The court ruled that guests are contracting directly with the property owners to stay in their home, and that reservation services provided by the property management company do not change the nature of the relationship between the guest and the owner.

The ruling is a victory for those who argue when an owner rents out their home on either a short or long term basis:

a)  this does not make the owner a business operation

b)  this does not make the usage of the home a commercial activity instead of a residential activity.

Doug Coates

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