TNRD wins court battle barring Red Lake short-term rentals

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ordered a pair of Kamloops-area property owners to stop using their rural cottages for short-term rentals.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District took the two owners — Christopher Charles Cade and Paul Christopher Patton — to court in August, arguing that their operation of short-term rentals on lakefront properties on Red Lake, 50 kilometres northwest of Kamloops, violated district bylaws.

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B.C. Supreme Court Justice Barbara Norell’s decision was made public this week.

Cade and Patton had argued they should be allowed to use the properties as short-term rentals, which they have done since 2008, because previous bylaws did not address such use.

The regional district, meanwhile, said short-term rentals have never been allowed in areas zoned for single-family homes.

Norell found that Cade and Patton were in violation of the TNRD’s bylaws and ordered they cease operating their short-term rentals.

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