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Municipalities call for regulation of Airbnbs in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said the city is missing out on an estimated $300,000 annually because it can’t collect a four per cent tourism marketing levy from Airbnbs.

Under provincial legislation, the tourism marketing levy can only be charged by regulated or registered rental properties such as bed and breakfasts and hotels.

Because Airbnbs are not registered with the province, they cannot charge that fee.

“But we’re hopeful that we can get the change made,” said Breen.

On Tuesday last week, he met with Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Derrick Bragg about the issue. He said he’ll be meeting with Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII) Minister Bernard Davis “shortly” to discuss it further because the necessary legislation change has to come from that department.

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