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). The LPAT’s decision, issued on November 18, 2019 upholds the decision of the City, dismissing the appeals.

The City will have more information in December 2019 about implementation, timelines, and how the licensing, registration, and four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) will work.

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For more information, see Chapter 547, Licensing and Registration of Short-term Rentals as well as 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 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 pay a one-time licence application fee of $5,000 plus $1 for each night booked through the company.
  • People doing short-term rentals must pay a 4 per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on all rentals that are less than 28 consecutive days.
  • Companies such as Airbnb can enter into voluntary agreements to collect the MAT on behalf of those associated with their company.

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 and a municipal accommodation tax.

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