Toronto to begin enforcing the short-term rental bylaw more than two years after its passage

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Torontonians who choose to rent out their homes on platforms like Airbnb will soon have to register with the city, ending more than two years of legal wrangling.

The city council passed a series of new regulations for short-term rentals in January 2018, but the regulation was immediately challenged in court by a group of landlords and was never enforced.

In November, the local planning and appeals court ruled in favor of the city, noting that the new rules are “in the public interest”.

The move paved the way for the city to start enforcing the rules, which also state that owners can only rent their primary residence on a short-term basis and can only do so for a maximum of 180 nights per year.

In a press release on Tuesday, the city said that after “further delays” related to the redirection of some resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now ready to launch its registration portal for rental operators. in the short term, which will be the first step in the application of the regulation.

He says that starting September 10, short-term rental operators will be able to register with the city online.

Once they do, they will be given a registration number which must be included in all advertisements and listings.

The city says there will be an initial grace period and all short-term rental operators will have until December 31 to register.

“With the registration of short-term rental operators starting in September, over the next few months the city will educate the public on the rules, encourage operators to register their short-term rentals and work with businesses to ensure compliance. licenses. rules ”, the release notes.

Under the city’s short-term rental bylaw, registered operators will be required to begin collecting and remitting a four percent municipal accommodation tax to the city on a quarterly basis effective Jan. 1.

Short-term rental companies will also need to obtain a license from the city to continue operating.

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