Whistler Owners: Navigating the New Short-Term Rental Accommodation Act

Posted on Fri June 28, 2024 in Property Management.

Have you been impacted by the new Short-Term Rental Accommodation Act, which requires you to possess a Business License to list your rental on online travel agencies (OTAs)? At Elevate Real Estate Management, we understand the challenges that come with new regulations. Here are key facts that you need to know to navigate the new requirements.

Tourist Accommodation Business Licences

Business licences are now required for all tourist accommodations. This new mandate ensures that all short-term rental properties meet the necessary standards and regulations. Securing a business license involves submitting an application, paying the associated fees, and adhering to specific guidelines set forth by local authorities. You must ensure you have the required business licence or that the property manager you work with holds a valid one.

Is Your Property Zoned for Nightly Rentals?

If you own a property in Whistler and are considering providing tourist accommodation, you must ensure that your property is zoned for nightly rentals. Zoning regulations determine where short-term rentals are permitted, and failing to comply can result in fines or other penalties.

To obtain a business licence and market a property as tourist accommodation, the property’s zoning must list tourist accommodation or temporary accommodation as a permitted use. Properties with residential zoning may not be marketed as available to tourists for any length of time.

You can use the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW’s) online GIS mapping system to determine the zoning of your property - View the RMOW’s online map.

This tool allows property owners to easily verify zoning designations and understand the permissible uses for their property. Additionally, you must ensure the regulations related to your property permit tourist accommodation use. Your property is regulated by zoning or a land use contract (LUC). It may also have further obligations and restrictions in covenants registered on the property's title.

 For more information on business licences and how to determine permitted uses for your property/unit, visit the Resort Municipality of Whistler.


Elevate’s Property Management Benefits

At Elevate, we pride ourselves on providing meticulous care and maintenance for your Whistler home. As the leading property management company in Whistler, we offer a range of benefits to ensure your property is managed to the highest standards:

  • Expert Maintenance and Upkeep: Our team ensures that your property is always in top condition, handling all maintenance tasks promptly and efficiently.
  • Comprehensive Guest Services: We provide exceptional guest services, from check-in to check-out, ensuring a memorable stay for your visitors.
  • Marketing and Listing Management: We handle the marketing and listing of your property on major OTAs, optimizing visibility and occupancy rates.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Stay compliant with local laws and regulations with our knowledgeable team guiding you through the necessary steps.
  • Financial Management: We manage all financial aspects, including rental income, expenses, and tax obligations, providing you with detailed reports.
  • Personalized Service: Our approach is tailored to meet your specific needs, offering customized solutions for your property management requirements.

Your Property. The Best Care!

Are you ready to Elevate your property management experience? Contact us today to learn more about how Elevate can help you navigate the new short-term rental regulations and maximize the potential of your Whistler property.