Rental regulation debate needed

I certainly agree that a conversation on the issues raised by this practice is overdue and commend Harding for starting the conversation.

I was very interested in John Harding’s editorial (The NEWS, May 31) regarding the possible regulation of residential home-based room renting.

I certainly agree that a conversation on the issues raised by this practice is overdue and commend Harding for starting the conversation.

The first response, a reader’s letter in the June 2 edition, unfortunately doesn’t add much to the debate (in my humble opinion), but rather seems to be a complaint about strata policy, calling for regulation to ban strata decision making.

Given that any strata that so desired could by vote of the strata members install whatever rental policy they desired the requested regulation seems a bit unnecessary. Then again, the suggestion comes from a writer who thinks we should tax homeowners who don’t live here 12 months a year.

Not being a snowbird, I’ll let others comment on that idea. I’m sure there a few choice opinions.

Given that this is an issue of broad interest, perhaps the paper could take the lead in more fully expanding on the issues and soliciting reader feedback?

James WatsonNanoose Bay

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