Legal action adding up
The Resort Municipality of Whistler has launched 12 legal actions against homeowners who rent their properties on a nightly basis in areas zoned exclusively for residential use.
Of those 12 actions, some are against people who have multiple properties being used for short-term rentals.
Council has, to date, given approval for the municipality to file injunctions against a total of 27 properties. The owner of one of those 27 properties has since agreed, through a consent order, to comply with the zoning bylaw that prohibits rentals for a period less than four consecutive weeks. The bylaw also stipulates that any rentals beyond four weeks must be to tenants who live in Whistler or are Whistler employees.
RMOW planner Mike Kirkegaard said the municipality has budgeted between $3,000 and $5,000 for each injunction. That means the 12 injunctions filed to date will set the municipality back between $46,000 and $60,000.
"We are hoping that once we have success with one or two of the actions the remaining ones will decide to comply," said Kirkegaard.