Everyone knows Vancouver has something of an Airbnb problem – but it could be about to get worse now you can learn how to be a successful short-term rental host at UVic.
The new course – Vacation Rentals: To host or not to host? is one of the business classes to be offered at the Continuing Studies Division from November.
According to UVic’s website, it will “explore earning additional income by learning the ‘ins and outs’ of becoming a host through such online sites as Airbnb or VRBO.
“Learn about vacation rental models, identify the associated risks to determine if hosting is right for you, and gain an understanding of the legal and liability issues.”
The Vacation Rentals class promises to help participants develop a task list and resources to set up their home to support them throughout their time as host. It will be taught by Susan Jones, founder of the Internet of Things Symposium in Victoria, who also has a background in professional residential property management.
So far only one date is being offered for the class, on Saturday, November 19; it will be a single session of four and a half hours and cost $63.00 including tax.
The City of Victoria is currently considering regulating Airbnb rentals to enable the City to reap normal tourism and hotel taxes and fees from hosts.
Meanwhile, short-term rentals are illegal in Vancouver but the City rarely enforces that bylaw; as a result, some stratas have banned Airbnb and Vrbo in their own building bylaws.