From Left: Herman Zentner, Shotz on Eleven, Chamberlain; Jasmine Deblois, Limerick Hotel; Joel Kish, Ice House Tavern, Emerald Park; Jim Bence, SHHA President & CEO, Gary Hoffert, Regional VP, Canalta Hotels, Chair of the Board; Glenn Weir, Best Western Seven Oaks, Regina, Past Chair; Denny Joyal, Waterfront Beach Bar & Grill, Regina Beach; Courtney Morrison, Best Western Plus East Side, Saskatoon; Lance Grosco, Duck Lake Hotel; John McKenzie; Katepwa Hotel; Bryan Baraniski, Shorebird Inn, Tobin Lake
With files from the Regina Leader Post
The City of Regina has been subject to "pretty significant" lobbying from the hotel industry over Airbnb rentals, which continue to evade bylaw enforcement efforts.
So far, only a single Albert Street property owner is known to have sought approval for a residential homestay in accordance with a 2013 bylaw.
Regina Hotel Association CEO Tracy Fahlman came to city hall to raise concerns over the application. She said online postings for homestays in Regina have grown by 30 per cent in the past year and a half. The leading platform, Airbnb, is currently advertising 238 rentals in the city.
In Fahlman’s view, many homestays operate like businesses and should be paying commercial taxes. “We will be asking the city to consider levelling that playing field,” she said. “What we’re hoping to do is work with the city administration to help and assist in modernizing those bylaws and come forward with something that would be of benefit to the community.”
Mayor Michael Fougere said that Fahlman has expressed her concerns to him on a few occasions. Asked about the extent of the hotel industry’s lobbying efforts, he said he thinks they have been “pretty significant.”
Fahlman said there has been “back and forth” with city officials, but called the discussions “preliminary.”
The existing framework requires homestay hosts seek approval from the planning commission and council through the so-called discretionary use process. A standard discretionary-use application costs $2,500.
Fahlman said the city should look at changes like limiting short-term rentals to a resident’s primary home. She said her main concern is “commercial operators” who rent out multiple residences as hotels, without complying with the same health and safety standards. “We’re not against an individual using a home-sharing platform in their house to make a little bit of extra money,” she said.
She also has the Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association behind her. In a June interview with the Leader-Post, its president, Jim Bence called residential homestays “an underground economy.” “The commercial operations are illegal hotels — it’s simply unfettered, it’s unbridled,” he said. “They’re just allowed to operate in any way that they please.
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