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This Victoria duplex is half family home, half Airbnb party house, and all headache

This Victoria duplex is half family home, half Airbnb party house, and all headache
From Global News - August 11, 2017

Most people have a neighbour or two on either side of their home.

But a Victoria woman who lives in one half of a duplex has found herself having to cope with new neighbours every few days. Loud ones, too.

Coverage of Airbnb on Globalnews.ca:

Melanie Wood works from home, and she hears noise coming from an Airbnb on the other side at all hours of the day.

Renters are holding rowdy parties, the garbage is overflowing and people are taking mint off an herb garden she keeps in the backyard.

I know you want a mojito but please dont take my mint, Wood said in an interview with Global News.

READ MORE: Airbnb in Canada: 10% of hosts account for most of revenue, McGill study finds

The home is located in an area that hasnt been zoned for short-term rentals.

But even with those restrictions, the City of Victoria has yet to address Woods concerns.

Im not sleeping at night, Im crying on the phone to city councillors, she said.

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