Residents and property owners are renting out rooms or entire units for short periods (less than 28 days) in growing numbers across the city, facilitated by the rise of online platforms such as AirBnB, VRBO, etc. Currently, short-term rentals are not permitted in Toronto.

On December 7, 2017, City Council approved the regulation of short-term rentals in Toronto.

Here are the key points of the new rules, which take effect June 1, 2018:

  • short-term rentals are permitted across the city in all housing types
  • people can host short-term rentals in their principal residence only – both homeowners and tenants can participate
  • people can rent up to three bedrooms or entire residence
  • people who live in secondary suites can also participate, as long as the secondary suite is their principal residence
  • an entire home can be rented as a short-term rental if owner/tenant is away – to a maximum of 180 nights per year
  • people who rent their homes short term must register with the City and pay $50
  • companies such as Airbnb must become licensed and pay a fee of $5,000, plus $1/night booked through the platform

For more information, see the decisions made by City Council to adopt a new zoning bylaw permitting short-term rentals and a registration and licensing program for short-term rentals.

To report an issue, contact 311.

Note: The zoning bylaw amendments have been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. The Ontario Municipal Board has yet to rule on these appeals.The new bylaw is expected to come into effect June 1, 2018, unless the zoning bylaw amendments are still under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.  If the bylaw it still under appeal, it will come into effect on the day the zoning changes come into force. See appeal status.