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LETTER: No justice for short-term rentals

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It’s been interesting reading the news for the last week or two. But I’m left scratching my head. In one article, a person is caught after an alleged carjacking … and then he’s released. He goes out the next day and does the same thing. And is let go. Then he’s accused of a robbery and is finally sent to jail to await trial.

But here’s the kicker, on May 1, the province is bringing in fines of $500 to $5,000 per day for someone who rents out a home or suite as a short-term rental in an area where they’re not allowed to. So who’s the criminal here? Why is there swift and expensive justice on one hand, and a slap on the wrist for the other.

Premier David Eby calls the one doing the illegal rental a “speculator” who is admonished by the premier for being greedy. As for the other? It seems it’s just business as usual. Can someone explain the logic to me?

Mike Lane

Central Saanich