Strong regulation needed for short-term rentals: NDP

NS NDP

The Nova Scotia NDP is tabling legislation to immediately regulate short-term rentals.

The party says the legislation is in response to concerns about the impact of the rentals on the housing market and neighbourhoods.

"People are struggling to find a home. Hundreds of units that at one time were long-term rentals are now showing up on short-term rental sites," said Lisa Roberts, NDP Housing spokesperson.

"It's not just a room here or there. We're talking about neighbourhoods that used to have a vibrant mix of renters and homeowners now being peppered with ghost hotels."

In an e-mail, the party says their legislation focuses on those renting spaces that are not their primary residence and are renting more than 100 nights a year.

The bill would establish fees for short-term rental platforms and empower municipalities and the province to further restrict short-term rentals if the vacancy rate in a given community is too low.

The NDP say the bill would penalize platforms for allowing unregistered listings on their sites.