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Charlottetown moves to regulate short-term rentals

City council hopes to have a bylaw in place by the fall to address a surge in postings on sites like Airbnb.

City council hopes to have a bylaw in place by the fall to deal with a surge in postings on sites like Airbnb

One in 50 private dwellings in Charlottetown is now listed on Airbnb. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

Charlottetown city councillors have started work on a bylaw to regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnbs.

Planning chair Greg Rivard said Monday night that public consultation will begin in the next couple of weeks with a survey, followed by public meetings in June.

"Once that's done we will take that information back and staff will will craft up a bylaw," he said. "Then we will take that bylaw again back out to the public."

Looking at other cities

Short-term rentals have surged in popularity on P.E.I. recently with one out of every 50 private dwellings listed on the Airbnb website, according to an analysis by CBC News.

Planning chair Greg Rivard says public input on the bylaw is essential. (Natalia Goodwin/CBC )

Meanwhile the vacancy rate for apartments in the city and province overall has fallen to almost zero. 

Rivard says those numbers will be taken into consideration, along with looking at what other cities have done, to ensure the bylaw fits Charlottetown's needs. 

"We see some cities that limit the amount of rentals that one owner can have. There's other models that bring in the zoning, for instance," he said.

"So  there's different models to look at, again, and we're going to take the information from the public, going to take the information that staff gather for best practices across the country."

Rivard hopes to have the bylaw completed in August for the public to have another look at it and then council could vote on it in September. 

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Natalia Goodwin

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Natalia is a video journalist in P.E.I. She has also worked for CBC N.L.

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