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.
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.