Yesterday, the Province of Ontario announced that short-term rentals would be allowed to resume operations beginning today, following an amendment to an order under the Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and are now considered an essential business. In Toronto, short-term rentals are regulated by the City’s Zoning By-laws and Licensing and Registration of Short-Term Rentals Bylaw and any resumption of operation must be in accordance with these bylaws.
Under the City’s bylaws:
Prior to the declaration of an Emergency in Toronto, the City was moving forward with a phased approach to implementing the Licensing and Registration of Short-Term Rentals By-law, which came into effect in November 2019. Many City services have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as resources have been redirected to emergency response and recovery. This has impacted implementation timelines which were working to create online registration, licensing and enforcement systems for short-term rental companies and operators. The City is currently working to determine new implementation timelines.
The City continues to respond to short-term rental issues on a complaint basis.
Once the COVID-19 emergency period ends and provincial orders are lifted, the City will fully resume regular enforcement of all City bylaws.
More information about short-term rentals can be found at toronto.ca/shorttermrentals.
The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check toronto.ca/covid-19 for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.
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