Which Buildings Allow Airbnb/VRBO in Vancouver?

Which Buildings Allow Airbnb/VRBO in Vancouver?

Almost every strata/condo building in downtown Vancouver has voted through bylaws not permitting short term rentals. Although there are strict rules surrounding the issue, there are some strata buildings which still allow for short term rentals like Airbnb and vacation rentals by owner (VRBO). You will need to apply for a license to do so, but knowing which properties allow short term rentals may factor into your investment decisions.


Does Vancouver Support Short Term Rentals?

The rise of Vancouver property in the last decade has priced a lot of residents out of the market. In order to make housing more available and affordable, a number of taxes have been implemented to try and resupply the market with unused or vacant properties. Similarly, the City of Vancouver has implemented rules and regulations surrounding short term rental properties, such as those used for Airbnb, in attempt to make housing more affordable for city residents.

A ‘short term’ rental is one that occurs for less than 30 days. Prior to April 2018, the only short term rentals available were licensed hotels and bed and breakfasts. From September 2018 however, homeowners have been able to apply for a short-term rentals business license, and use their property to supplement their income.

Whilst short term rentals are now permitted, they must:

  • Adhere to the City of Vancouver rules surrounding Airbnb/VRBO

  • Be permitted by the strata bylaws

Does My Vancouver Property Qualify for Airbnb?

The main stipulation when it comes to the short term rentals license in Vancouver is that the property must be your primary residence. That is, you live in it for at least 180 days of the year. The rental can be the entire home or a room within it, and property owners must acquire both the license and approval from their strata body to qualify. It also needs to meet the required safety standards, such as fire safety, and be considered a legal dwelling.

It’s important to note that these restrictions only apply to strata buildings. If you own a freehold property you are free to use it as you wish.

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Strata Buildings That ALLOW Airbnb in Vancouver

Whilst we aim to maintain the accuracy and recency of this list of Airbnb/VRBO approved properties in Vancouver, strata rules can literally be changed at any time. The following details the most up-to-date list for buildings that allow for short-term rentals for Airbnb/VRBO, as well as which strata buildings in Vancouver allow short-term rentals for 30 days or more.

For the most up-to-date information regarding which strata buildings allow for short-term rentals in Vancouver, or if you’re looking for a buyers agent to acquire one of these properties, please reach out and connect with our team.

  • 618 and 688 Abbott Street (Also same at 58 Keefer Place as they are same development) – Firenze

  • 689 Abbott Street – Espana

  • 555 Abbott Street – Paris Place

  • 1060 Alberni Street – The Carlyle

  • 907 Beach Avenue – Coral Court

  • 890 Broughton Street – 890 Broughton

  • 1050 Burrard Street – Wall Centre

  • 1160 Burrard Street – 1160 Burrard

  • 1238 Burrard Street – Altadena

  • 1010 Chico Street – Chilco Park

  • 933, 955, & 983 E Hastings Street – Strathcona Village

  • 1228 Homer Street – Ellison

  • 1331 Homer Street – Pacific Point 2

  • 1010 Howe Street – Fortune House

  • 183 Keefer Place – Paris Place

  • 188 Keefer Place – Espana

  • 718 Main Street – Ginger

  • 1166 Melville Street – Orca Place

  • 87 and 89 Nelson Street – Arc

  • 989 Nelson Street – Electra

  • 28 Powell Street – Powell Lane

  • 933 Seymour Street – Spot

  • 1372 Seymour Street – Mark

  • 141 Water Street – Malkin Building

  • 33 West Pender Street – 33 West Pender

Strata Buildings in Vancouver That Allow Short Term Lease/Rental- Minimum 30 Day Lease

Whilst some strata buildings in Vancouver allow Airbnb/VRBO, others require a minimum 30-day lease term to be eligible for short term rental. Similar to rental properties allowing less than 30-day terms, these restrictions are dictated by individual strata regulations and can vary between buildings, or change with each meeting of the strata body. It’s also important to note that property owners are still required to adhere to the City of Vancouver rules surrounding short term rentals, including acquiring a short term rentals business license.

At the time of writing, the following properties allow for short term rentals in Vancouver, for a minimum lease length of 30 days:

  • 27 Alexander – Alexis

  • 1200 Alberni Street – The Palisades

  • 1288 Alberni Street – The Palisades

  • 1003 Burnaby Street – Milano

  • 928 Richards Street – Savoy

  • 188 Keefer Street – 188 Keefer

  • 1133 Hornby Street – Addition

We will continue to add to/maintain this list as new information becomes available. If you are aware of any other strata properties that allow Airbnb or VRBO in Vancouver or would like to notify us about incorrect/out-dated information please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Property Ownership Part 1: Freehold, Leasehold, and Strata Title

Property Ownership Part 1: Freehold, Leasehold, and Strata Title

Ownership of property in B.C., and any stipulations over that ownership, are set out in the property title. This document dictates your rights over that property, and in Vancouver, most properties fall under freehold, leasehold or strata-titled property. Regardless of whether you’re buying or selling property in Vancouver, the title of a property can greatly affect its value, resale, and your on-going expenses.

What Is a Property Title?

In B.C., the ownership of land or property is referred to as title to land. It is registered with the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia.

In Vancouver, there are a number of types of property, and a number of types of Title (ownership)- but the title document will always stipulate:

  • The type of ownership- sole ownership, tenant, tenant in common etc…

  • The legal description of the property, including number identifiers, descriptors, and the legal property address (this may vary from the postal address).

  • Any legal charges, interests, liens, easements, or caveats surrounding or to do with your property. These must also be registered against the title and disclosed in any contracts of sale or ownership.

Once the property title is issued, it is evidence of your interest (ownership) of the property. The type of title, however, dictates what that ownership actually means, and what it entitles you to do. In Vancouver, you tend to fall into one of three categories.

Freehold Property Title

The first type of property title and perhaps the easiest to explain is the freehold titled property. Occasionally referred to as ‘fee simple,’ a freehold title grants the owner full use of, and control over, the land and/or buildings they have purchased. Whilst this use is still somewhat controlled by local by-laws and some other stipulations, a freehold title generally grants you the most freedoms, and therefore can come at a higher cost to purchase. Typically these are freestanding homes.

Leasehold Property Title

Leasehold properties get a bit more complicated. They essentially grant you the right to use your property for a long period of time. However, whilst you may own the building/condo, if it’s leasehold it usually means either the government or First Nations owns the land.

Purchasing a leasehold property gives you the right to possess the property until the end of the lease, or you sell it to someone else. For example, in the West End, there are a number of 70’s and 80’s rental and leasehold buildings. Most of them have pre-paid leases that come due in 2073. So whilst purchasing now, with 50+ years remaining on the lease may suit your needs, it also limits your options if you’re looking for a long term home, or to pass down your property.

Similarly, it also makes financing more difficult, as the property can be revoked, or the prices dramatically decreased at the end of the lease.

Strata Property Title

This is the most common type of property title in Vancouver. Owning a strata-titled property gives you exclusive use of the property itself, which is generally a:

  • Condo

  • Townhome

  • Duplex

  • Detached home (also known as bare land strata)

The key point of difference is whilst you have access to, and use over, your condo, there are also common areas and shared spaces, such as gardens, elevators, garages etc… In order to maintain these spaces and any other building restorations, homeowners are required to contribute financially.

Whilst some of these upgrades or maintenance works may not be your choice, all owners in a strata-titled property are required to contribute. However, generally speaking, a strata-titled property will cost less in maintenance than a freehold property, as the financial burden is shared amongst many residents.

This is usually a monthly maintenance fee, however, can be dramatically affected by unforeseen events, such as:

  • Building damage

  • Flooding

  • Fires

  • Damage caused by a Tennant

  • Upgrades to the systems of the building (fire, water, plumbing, heating etc…)

  • New rain screening, paint, stucco or other building requirements.

  • Insurance premiums 

Property title’s vary depending on the property itself, it’s location, the building/home type, and it’s history.

Property title’s vary depending on the property itself, it’s location, the building/home type, and it’s history.

The title of a property in Vancouver can greatly affect its price, value, appreciation and resale. Depending on your needs a freehold or strata title may suit you best, or if you are only planning on living in the property for a short amount of time a leasehold may be more appropriate.

As always, at the West Haven Group, we’re here to make sure you find the home of your dreams, within your budget. With an active and on-the-ground team, we can help to guide you towards the buildings, neighbourhoods and property titles in Vancouver that suit your needs.

For more information about the Vancouver property market or any other information, reach out and connect!