Saskatoon considering Airbnb regulations

Saskatoon considering Airbnb regulations
Airbnb hosts made their pitch to the City of Saskatoon’s planning, development and community services committee on Tuesday as local officials determine how they plan to regulate short-term rental properties.

A report by city staff laid out three options.

The first would be to allow short-term rentals in a host’s primary residence while restricting secondary properties.

The second would allow both but would require them to have commercial business licences.

The third would see business licences needed in all circumstances unless a primary residence was only allowing one or two guests at a time.

Three local Airbnb hosts said they don’t have a problem with regulations, but want the city to allow competition through the sharing economy.

“(Visitors) are not going to come to something that is run down. They’re not going to stay at something that isn’t clean. They’re not going to stay at something that isn’t completely decorated and to their standards,” Alisa Thompson said.

The Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association is concerned by hosts who rent out entire properties on a large scale.
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