On this blog, I regularly write about communities around the world that are embracing home sharing and the benefits it brings to cities.
This week, I wanted to share good news from the City of Victoria, British Columbia, where local leaders said they plan to work together with Airbnb to develop innovative policies around home sharing.
Acknowledging the economic and social benefits of this activity, City leaders outlined steps to revise and streamline policies around short-term rentals and harness these benefits. Stating that “Models like Airbnb appear to be here to stay,” the City identified areas where we can work together moving forward, including:
1. Looking to adapt and evolve as and where necessary the wording of our relevant zoning and bylaws [to] cover the needs of those home owners providing their homes for short term rentals through sites such as Airbnb
2. Working to ensure a more even playing field for short term accommodations by evolving towards a fair taxation approach
3. Working to ensure that Airbnb listings are available for emergency accommodations if required in the event of a disaster
4. Shared promotion of the city and neighbourhoods and local businesses as a leading tourist destination.
We are excited to work together with local leaders in Victoria to create more shareable, more livable neighborhoods through relevant, concrete actions and partnerships and we look forward to building on these experiences with more cities around the world.