Short-term rentals in Halifax: Politics and policy


Short-term rental (STR) platforms such as Airbnb have increasingly become the focal point of an urban conflict over how residential properties should be used, and in whose interests. Building on the recently released report “Short-term rentals in Halifax- UPGo city spotlight”, this presentation addresses three crucial questions. 1) Housing impacts- What impact have STRs had on urban housing availability and affordability, and on neighbourhood quality of life? 2) Social dynamics- How is the platform economy changing social and economic relationships between inhabitants, housing, and urban space? 3) Policy options- What policy options are available to governments seeking to regulate STRs in the public interest? What evidence exists about the effectiveness of different regulatory approaches? In answering these questions, the presentation will include a detailed empirical discussion of the state of short-term rentals in Halifax.

Nov 14, 2019 6:30 PM — 8:30 PM
Public lecture hosted by Neighbours Speak Up
Halifax, NS
David Wachsmuth
Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance

My research interests include urban governance, local sustainability, and the impact of short-term rentals on housing markets.