In 2021, the shortage of affordable housing has become even more apparent.
A Hornby Housing Network has been formed that will identify options, and lobby for change. This network includes CVRD Regional Director Daniel Arbour, the Hornby Island Communicty Economic Enhancement Corporation (HICEEC), Hornby Island Housing Society (HIHS), Island Trust (local Trustee Grant Scott plus Advisory Planning Commission members), Hornby Island Residents & Ratepayers (HIRRA), the Hornby Island Short Term Rental Association (HISTRA), and other interested parties.
This section of our website will outline background materials and non-confidential progress reports.
Resource materials for housing
Short term, vacation rentals are a way that local owners share their properties with Visitors to the Islands.
Acknowledging that visitor accommodation is vital to support a thriving economy,
as visitors help to provide for the livelihoods of the many artists and businesses on the Island,
in past years, the community felt that this form of visitor accommodation was preferrable to large tourist resorts and hotels.
Both from a density perspective and also from having some control over the education of how visitors interact with the Island culturally and environmentally.
The silver lining of "sharing the wealth" to the many at the grass roots level, as opposed to an individual owner/company, was also widely supported.
Like those that stay in the campsites, over the years many of these visitors have become residents.
"A nice place to visit, is a nice place to live."
For more information, visit the Short Term Rental Association website at: www.histra.ca
The following survey consultation have been conducted to help understand more about the evolution of Vacation Rentals on Hornby Island,
and how community members perceive the activity.
We hope that the documents below can be useful to you in creating formalized agreements between tenants and landlords on Hornby Island. They include the standard BC residential tenancy agreement, as well as samples of additional agreements that have been used to address some of the unique rental situations found on our island. Please feel free to download, edit, and use the documents for your own unique situation.
The house that Jack built – Jack Graham’s tiny home
Helen’s Meadery 2 bedroom Caravan
Tom Burrow's handbuilt ouse at Downes Point
Anne Ngan's home at Downes Point
Cath Gray & Mike Berman’s, original and additions
Sasha & Amy LeBaron’s Tiny Home, and new Hand-Built paper-crete home
Gordon Payne's caravan
Bonita Wexler's in Sandpiper
Tony & Barb Stark's on Geoffrey Rd.