July 23, 2021 – 12:34 PM
The town of Vernon is trying to shut down a short-term rental “party house” by pursuing legal action.
The city is seeking a statutory injunction to address the lingering problems of neighboring residents since 2019, according to the city’s press release. The owners do not live in the property, which is used as a short term rental.
In a June 2020 lawsuit filed with the British Columbia Supreme Court, the city alleges owners Michael Nohr and Andrea Carolina Amado Castillo, who live in Vancouver, are in direct contravention of city bylaws because they are being used as a short rental. term at their property at 7429 Sun Peaks Drive.
The property is advertised as a vacation rental under the name “LUXURY BBQ / HTub / Views for a Relaxing Getaway” and is an upscale four bedroom, three bathroom single-family home, according to court documents.
“Despite receiving several warnings and tickets for nuisance, noise complaints and illegal land use, the owners of the property continued to rent the house to various guests who used the property to organize large, noisy gatherings that disrupted the neighborhood regularly, often until late at night, ”according to the city’s press release.
Mayor Victor Cumming said in the press release that this property is “not the norm” in Vernon and that many short term rentals in the town are used with respect with few problems.
“However, the ongoing activity at this one property – by many tenants and visitors – has been extremely disappointing. Council and I fully appreciate that neighboring residents have been frustrated with this property for a long time. Seek an injunction. of the court to end the operation (short term rental) was not a decision taken lightly, but it was time for us to put our foot down to stop this unacceptable behavior, ”he said. declared.
Since 2019, city officials have handled more than 50 property complaints and drafted more than 25 tickets. The second most reported short-term rental property in the city received just four or five complaints, during the same period.
The lawsuit these tickets were paid.
Over the past year, city staff have developed short-term rental regulation policy recommendations. Work is underway and many considerations go into the recommendations, taking into account the needs and wants the City has heard from residents, property owners, local business operators and visitors. When completed, the policy will provide a framework for everyone to understand the local expectations of these activities in residential neighborhoods and provide appropriate tools for enforcement.
“Vernon prides itself on being a family-oriented community where people choose to live, work, explore and play,” said Mayor Cumming. “The City aims to foster an environment where residents feel safe and comfortable at home, being part of a community where citizens and visitors show respect and kindness to one another. And that’s the norm in our large community.
The city will not comment further on the case as it is currently in court, according to the city.
The city is asking for a declaration that Nohr and Castillo have each violated zoning bylaw and cease to operate the business along with damages and punitive charges.
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