EDMH and CHA are collecting personal stories to show their respective City Councils the need for more action on regulation of short-term rentals

Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels (EDMH), the Calgary Hotel Association (CHA), and the AHLA are continuing to work together on getting fair rules in Alberta’s capital city.

EDMH and the CHA are taking a new approach to advocating for regulations of short-term rental properties (STRs). Their “Too Much” campaign focuses on the impacts that STRs — such as Airbnb and VRBO — have on communities and residents. The campaign points out that the presence of unregulated STRs results in “too much” noise, crime, disruption, absentee landlords, and tax avoidance.

EDMH and the CHA are asking Edmonton and Calgary City Councils to take two major steps to address the issue of unregulated STRs:

  1. Require commercial licences for STR operators, and
  2. Limit the ability of STRs to operate in certain residential zones.

The organizations are asking Edmonton and Calgary residents to send in their stories about how they have been negatively affected by short-term rentals. If you have a story to share or would like to write your councillor about your concerns with STRs , please visit toomuch.ca. EDMH and CHA will compile the stories and use them to help City Council understand the depth of the issue.


Read more:

EDMH and CHA’s Too Much Campaign

AHLA’s advocacy work for regulations of STRs in Edmonton

AHLA’s advocacy work for regulations of STRs in Calgary


Media Coverage:

Global News: Group urges city to toughen up Edmonton’s short-term rental rules

CTV News: Campaign to collect Airbnb horror stories launched by hotel association

CBC: ‘Not playing by the same rules’: Edmonton hoteliers want more regulation on short-term rentals

Globe & Mail: Alberta hotel lobby group launches political campaign against short-term rentals like Airbnb, VRBO