Letter: Short-term rentals are not just for tourists

“Yes, we rent our house to tourists. But we also welcome your family when they visit the coast, but do not want to stay in the hotel. We leave our place to substitute obstetricians who deliver new family members. We also rent to companies that bring in workers to build new homes for our community and new professionals who are now working here.

Editor:

Please don’t call us “commercial”. We are members of your community.

Yes, we rent our house to tourists. But we also welcome your family when they visit the coast, but do not want to stay in the hotel. We leave our place to substitute obstetricians who deliver new family members. We also rent to companies that bring in workers to build new homes for our community and new professionals who are now working here.

We do not feel like “commercial” hoteliers. Our clients are generally young families, many with young children. Would you guess that about 50% of 100 come from various communities? We never had a “party”. Never a complaint. Met lots of great people. Oh, and of course we also use our home for visiting friends and family.

All of the other “commercial” hosts we know of have strong ties to the community. Most live fairly close to their ST rental homes. Others own to allow a move here when they retire here. Everyone loves the Sunshine Coast and respects the values ​​of our community.

It hurts us to be lumped together with disruptive party houses as something to sweep away. We are licensed, insured and follow all the rules.

We are much more than “commercial”.

Call us neighbours.

Greg Bellamy, Sechelt