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City plans to introduce a second penalty option for short-term rental violations

By Daisy Xiong for Richmond News

The City of Richmond is considering introducing a second penalty option, which carries a smaller fine but speeds up the process of adjudicating disputes, for illegal short-term rentals.

Currently, the city issues a $1,000 fine per offence to illegal short-term rentals under the Municipal Ticket Information (MTI’s), and any disputes are handled in the provincial court.

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“This process can take a long time to complete,” said Ted Townsend, spokesperson for the city, to the Richmond News.

While keeping MTI’s, at a general purposes committee meeting last month, city staff proposed an alternative option of issuing “BVN’s” (Bylaw Violation Notices), which only carries a maximum $500 fine per offence.

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