Background and Context
Short-term, vacation rentals in private homes have grown exponentially as a trend over the past decade and a half, largely because of technology and consumers embracing the ‘sharing economy.’
Guests who book private accommodation generally have limited protection against a bad landlord or inadequate accommodation through the online service they use, which by and large approves each property. Moreover, guests may not be covered for loss of personal effects in the event of a fire or other catastrophe.
This policy brief reinforces the critical importance of having regulations introduced and enforced within each community to address the growing issue of tourist accommodation rentals within private residential homes.
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