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 and start collecting the Municipal Accommodation Tax from January 1, 2021. Future operators will be able to register on an ongoing basis, but must do so before short-term renting their homes.
To short-term rent, you must be:
You can short-term rent in any housing type, for example house, apartment or condominium, as long as it is your principal residence.
Duplex, triplex or fourplex
Bed and Breakfast (B&B)
Registration and payment for your short-term rental need to be completed online.
If you have any questions, please contact the Short-Term Rentals team at ShortTermRentals@toronto.ca or 416-395-6600.
When registering online, you need to provide the City with information, including
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.
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.
You are required to pay a registration fee of $50 every year, which is subject to an annual increase. This is a non-refundable registration fee and is valid for one year from the time your registration has been approved. 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.
Please note that you are not eligible to register a short-term rental if your registration was denied or revoked in the last 12 months.
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.
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.
Please note that you are not eligible to register or renew a short-term rental if your registration was denied or revoked in the last 12 months.
Once you have registered as a short-term rental operator, you must:
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 the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) starting January 1, 2021. The payment is due on a quarterly basis. For example, the first quarter for 2021 will be January 1 to March 31, 2021 and your payment will be due by April 30, 2021. More information on how to submit your MAT payment will be coming in early 2021. Please return to this page for more updates.
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.
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:
|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 from when your application has been approved, and must be renewed every year on that same date. You must renew your registration online and pay a renewal fee. The renewal fee is $50, which is subject to an 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. You will still be responsible for remitting any Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) from your guest bookings up to this point.
Please note that you are not eligible to renew a short-term rental if your registration was revoked in the last 12 months.