Kamloops Lake Front Short Term Rental: No Go

Short term rentals are now a common problem …

Source: 2019 BCSC 1644 Thompson-Nicola (Regional District) v. Cade

Municipal law has evolved in BC to become very “municipality” friendly. Municipalities have tremendous powers, especially when it comes to zoning regulation, and Courts will not interfere with municipal decisions unless the decision is way off base.

And so with short term rentals. The municipal injunction power is statutory and equitable principles don’t apply. The matter will be decided on straight bylaw interpretation rules. Generally, short term rentals will now be allowed unless the bylaw expressly allows for that use category.

Before you buy a property, and plan to finance it by rental income, get advice on whether you local zoning bylaw allows for that use.