At its February 13th meeting, Sunshine Coast Regional District directors decided to move away from allowing temporary use permits for short-term rentals with offsite managers.
According to the Coast Reporter, this change means short-term rentals with no on-site management are essentially banned in rural areas "unless owners get permission through a rezoning application." Owners contravening these rules could face newly increased fines of up to $1,000.
A modernized definition or what constitutes a bed and breakfast plus big fines could lead to off-site operators reevaluating their business plan. If this happens, we may see a spike in short-term rental investment properties hitting the local real estate market later this year.
If you own a short-term rental and you're not sure if these rules apply to you, contact the SCRD or call me at 604-418-2695.