Want to rent out your home short-term? You need to register. Learn about the rules for short-term rentals below and register online.

Short-term rental operators are people renting their homes or rooms on a short-term basis, for a period of less than 28 consecutive days. Short-term rental operators must register with the City in order to operate in Toronto. To continue short-term renting, current operators must be registered by December 31, 2020. Future operators will be able to register on an ongoing basis, but must do so before short-term renting their homes.

  • You are only allowed to short-term rent your principal residence.
    • This is the residence where you live and the address you use for bills, identification, taxes and insurance.
    • You can only have one principal residence at a time, therefore you cannot legally run more than one short-term rental.
  • You can be a homeowner or a renter in any housing type, for example house, apartment or condominium, etc.
    • You should ensure that you are allowed, by your condominium or landlord, to short-term rent your residence.
  • You can rent up to three bedrooms in your principal residence for an unlimited number of nights per year or the entire home for a maximum of 180 nights per year.
  • Your home must be in a residential area in the city.
    • If you are a Bed and Breakfast (B&B) operator, you can continue to operate under existing zoning permissions for “tourist homes”.
  • You can host a short-term rental in a secondary suite or laneway suite, as long as the suite is your principal residence.
    • A secondary suite is separate living accommodation with its own kitchen and washroom, located within a larger house (for example, a basement apartment).
    • A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a larger house, and generally located in the rear yard.  A laneway suite must be next to a public laneway.
    • If you reside in the main portion of house, you are not permitted to separately short-term rent the secondary suite or laneway suite.

To short-term rent, you must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Using your principal residence in Toronto.

Homeowners

  • As a homeowner you can short-term rent your principal residence only. This is the home where you live and the address you use for bills, identification, taxes, and insurance.
  • If you have an insurance policy, you should understand the implication of operating a short-term rental. You may wish to ask your insurance company about the appropriate insurance product for short-term rentals.

Tenants

  • As a tenant you can short-term rent your home as long as it is your principal residence.
  • You should be aware of your responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act and your lease agreement with your landlord.

Check if your home is eligible

You can short-term rent in any housing type, for example house, apartment or condominium, as long as it is your principal residence.

Apartment

  • Apartment units are usually rented by individuals and are in a multi-unit residential building or a mixed-use building. The buildings are usually operated by property management companies.
  • You should be aware of your responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act and your lease agreement with your property management company.

Duplex, triplex or fourplex

  • A duplex, triplex or fourplex is a house with two, three or four self-contained units over multiple floors. They may share walls or outdoor areas with other houses.
  • If you reside in one of the units of a duplex, triplex or fourplex, then you are permitted to only short-term the portion of the house that is your principal residence. You are not permitted to short-term rent the other units.

Secondary suite

  • A secondary suite is separate living accommodation with its own kitchen and washroom, located within a larger house (for example, a basement apartment).
  • You can short-term rent a secondary suite only if you are the principal resident of the suite.
  • Your secondary suite must be permitted by zoning bylaws and comply with Building Code and Fire Code requirements. For more information, contact Toronto Buildings.

Laneway suite

  • A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a larger house, and generally located in the rear yard.  A laneway suite must be next to a public laneway.
  • You can short-term rent a laneway suite only if you are the principal resident of the suite.

Condominium

  • If you live in a condominium, you can short-term your home as long as it is your principal residence.
  • Note that some condominium corporations have their own bylaws regarding short-term rentals, including prohibiting short-term rentals. It is your responsibility to understand and follow the rules set out by your condominium.

Bed and Breakfast (B&B)

  • Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) continue to operate under existing zoning permissions for Tourist Homes.
  • B&Bs will be subject to the rules for short-term rentals and must register with the City.

Investment property

  • Only your principal residence can be rented out short-term.
  • Secondary or investment properties can be rented out long-term.

Registration and payment for your short-term rental need to be completed online.

Register Your Short-Term Rental

If you have any questions, please contact the Short-Term Rentals team at ShortTermRentals@toronto.ca or 416-395-6600.

What you need to register

When registering online, you need to provide the City with information, including

  • contact information and address
  • details of your short-term rental, including description of the type of building your rental is located in and which parts of the home you will short-term rent
  • name and telephone number of an alternate (emergency) contact who will be available 24 hours a day during rental periods.

Note: Before submitting this information to the City, you must obtain consent from your contact(s) using the Consent for Alternate (Emergency) Contact Persons form.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your alternate (emergency) contact has consented before you submit their contact information. Please keep a record of this consent.

Government-issued identification

You also need a government-issued identification (ID) to demonstrate that you are over the age of 18 and to show evidence of your principal residence. Only the following IDs, which include your address, are accepted:

If your ID has expired and you can not renew because of COVID-19, you can still register using your existing ID.

If you do not have the required government-issued ID, you need to obtain it before registration. This may involve updating a home address on a current licence, converting an out-of-province driver’s licence to Ontario, or applying for an Ontario Photo Card. Note that it may take four – six weeks to receive your Ontario Photo Card.

Registration fee

You are required to pay registration fee of $50 per year. Fees can be paid using only a valid credit card.

Debit cards, Visa Debit or Visa gift cards are not accepted by the online registration system. The registration fee is subject to an annual increase.

After you provide your information and make payment, the City will validate the information and review your application.

If your application is approved, a registration number will be generated and emailed to you, along with a Good Operator Guide.

You can expect to hear back from the City in five business days.

Please remember that you can short-term rent your homes in Toronto, only if you are a registered operator. The valid City-issued registration number must be included in all your advertised listings.

If your registration is denied

The City can deny your registration application based on the eligibility criteria, and will inform you of its intention to deny the registration. You will then have an opportunity to provide evidence and information to explain why your registration should not be denied.

Once you have registered as a short-term rental operator, you must:

  • post the City-issued short-term registration number on all your advertisements and listings
  • provide your guests information about the alternate (emergency) contact and instructions on how to contact 911 emergency service
  • provide guests with an emergency exit plan
  • keep the following records related to your short-term rental and provide to the City upon request:
    • the number of nights your short-term rental was rented
    • the nightly and total price you charged for each rental
    • the rental type e.g. the entire home rental or just room rental
  • collect and remit a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on all rentals that are less than 28 consecutive days.

Updating your registration

You must inform the City if any of the information that you provided during registration changes. This includes changes in phone number, email, and alternate (emergency) contact name or contact information. Please contact the Short-Term Rentals team at ShortTermRentals@toronto.ca or 416-395-6600.

If you are moving, then you must inform the City so that your short-term rental registration can be closed. If you want to short-term rent your new principal residence, then you will need to submit a new application to register your new address.

As a registered short-term rental operator, you will be required to start collecting and remitting the four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on a quarterly basis from January 1, 2021. You must submit your payment within 30 days of the end of the previous quarter.

If your short-term rental is booked on a short-term rental company platform, the company may remit the MAT on your behalf. It is your responsibility to ensure that you, or the company platform(s) you use, have remitted the proper amount of MAT for your short-term rental activity. The City will revoke your registration if you fail to remit the MAT.

Interest and penalties apply on any overdue payment at a monthly rate of 1.25 per cent from the first day after the payment is due. After that interest will apply each month on the principal amount that remains due at a rate of 15 per cent per year.

More information on how to collect and make the MAT payments will be provided in fall. Please return to this page for more updates.

If you do not comply with the regulations, you are guilty of an offence. If convicted, you may be liable to pay a fine of up to $100,000.

You may also be liable to pay a special fine that a court deems is greater than any revenue that you may be gaining from your business; as well as a fine of up to $10,000 for each day the offence continues. You may also be charged a fine for the following offences:

Offence Fine ($)
Failing to register a short-term rental 1000
Advertising, facilitating or brokering an unregistered short-term rental 1000
Failing to remove a listing for an unregistered short-term rental 1000
Renting or advertising property that is not a principal residence 1000
Advertising a short-term rental without a registration number 1000
Renting an entire unit for more than 180 days 700
Failing to provide evidence of a principal residence 700
Discriminating based on enumerated ground 500
Refusing to serve a person accompanied by a service animal 500
Failing to notify the City of a change in licensing or registration information 400
Failing to provide emergency contact information to a guest 400
Failing to provide information regarding 9-1-1 service to a guest 400
Failing to provide a diagram of exits from the building 400
Obstructing an authorized inspection 400
Making a threat or reprisal for participation in a public process 300
Making a threat or reprisal against unlicensed business 300
Fail to keep complete transaction record for 3 years 300
Failing to provide transaction records within 30 days of a request from the City 300
Failing to report non-compliance with screening criteria 300

Your registration is valid for a year and must be renewed annually. You must renew your registration online and pay a renewal fee. The renewal fee is $50, subject to annual increase.

If you choose not to renew your registration, please note that you can no longer short-term rent your home after your registration expires. The City will inform short-term rental companies of your decision. Please note that you will still be responsible for remitting any Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) from your guest bookings up to this point.