Airbnb causing condo conﬂict in Vancouver
16 September 2015
Residents of an East Vancouver condo say they're angry an owner is
renting out his suites on Airbnb, a popular accommodation site.
They say the owner, a realtor who owns multiple suites in the building, is breaking city and strata regulations.
One of the building's strata rules says suites can't be operated for commercial purposes.
The other owners say the presence of short-term guests has changed the
community feeling of their once-quiet building as strangers arrive and
leave at all hours.
"The suites are intended as residences and he's running them as hotel rooms," said condo owner Ulrike Rodrigues.
A city bylaw states that the minimum stay for a suite rental is 30
days. Rodrigues says some of the advertised Airbnb suites are for two
Up to six suites for rent on Airbnb
She said the owner, Zul Jiwa, is advertising up to six suites for rent, 10 per cent of the building's 60 apartments.
Rodrigues said she wants someone to halt the Airbnb rentals.
"You're not allowed to run a business or commercial enterprise out of a suite and he`s running hotel rooms," Rodrigues said.
She's also concerned he's taking affordable rental stock out of an
already tight market. Suites in the building currently rent for up to
$900 per month. As Airbnb rentals, they're bringing in about $4,000 per
Rodrigues and other tenants say they've seen travellers come and go,
and while there haven't been any serious incidents in the building,
they're worried about wear and tear and they want to know who their
In a telephone interview, Jiwa said most of the six suites he's
renting are for at least one month or more, the city's minimum
requirement. But at least one advertised rental was for just over two
Jiwa said that is permitted under city rules because Airbnb is
essentially a bed and breakfast. But he said that doesn't mean it's a
Meanwhile, strata chair Lewis Villegas, says he's not sure Airbnb
rentals are permitted. He says he plans to hold an information meeting
in the building to air concerns.