On December 7, 2017 and January 31, 2018, City Council approved the regulation of short-term rentals in Toronto.
The City’s zoning bylaw amendments to permit short-term rentals as a use were appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). On November 18, 2019 the LPAT issued a ruling that dismissed the appeals and upheld City Council’s adopted zoning bylaw amendments for short-term rentals.
The short-term rentals zoning bylaw amendments are now in force. The amendments permits short-term rentals (any rental that is less than 28 consecutive days) across the city in principal residences. Within their principal residence, people can rent up to three rooms or their entire home.
With this decision, the Licensing and Registration Of Short-Term Rentals bylaw has also come into force. The City is moving forward with the implementation of the bylaw, as adopted by City Council. Once the licence and registration system is built, short-term rental companies will be required to obtain a licence and operators will be required to register with the City and pay the MAT of four per cent.
The City will have more information in December 2019 about implementation, timelines, and how the licensing, registration and four per cent MAT will work.
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For more information, see the key points and links to the Council decisions below.
- Short-term rentals are permitted across the city in all housing types in residential and the residential component of mixed-use zones.
- People can host short-term rentals in their principal residence only – both homeowners and tenants can participate.
- People can rent up to three bedrooms in a unit for an unlimited number of nights per year (up to a maximum of 28 days per stay) or their entire home for a maximum of 180 nights per year.
- People who live in secondary suites and laneway suites can also participate, as long as the secondary suite is their principal residence.
Short-term rental companies will be required to be licensed with the City of Toronto. A short-term rental company is any company facilitating or brokering short-term rental reservations online.
- Applicants will be required to pay a one-time licence application fee of $5,000 and a fee of $1.00 for every night booked through the company.
- Licensees will be required to ensure that all listings have valid registration numbers.
- Upon licensing, short-term rental companies will be required to provide a process for removal of listings that do not have valid registration numbers, and a procedure for dealing with problematic operators and responding to complaints.
- Short-term rental companies will be required to keep records of short-term rental activity and provide them to the City as requested.
Short-term rental operators (people renting their homes on a short-term basis) will be required to register with the City of Toronto.
- Operators will be required to pay registration fee of $50 per year and post their City-issued registration number in all advertisements.
- People doing short-term rentals will be required to pay a 4 per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on all rentals that are less than 28 consecutive days.
- Operators will need to provide the City with information, including:
- contact information and address
- details of the short-term rental
- name and telephone number of an emergency contact person who will be available 24 hours a day during rental periods.
- Government-issued identification is required to demonstrate that the short-term rental is the operator’s principal residence and that they are over the age of 18.
- Operators will also be required to keep records of short-term rental activity and provide to the City upon request.
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