The City of Toronto recently announced that its short-term rental regulations will be coming into effect sometime in 2020. Although exact timelines remain to be confirmed, the first priority will be the creation of a new online registration system, which may be operational in the spring of 2020.
As part of this registration system, hosts will be required to provide the city with government photo identification (a driver’s license or an Ontario Photo Card) that shows a matching address to the home you are listing, as proof of primary residence. If you do not currently have government photo identification, we encourage you to begin that process now to avoid any delays once the system is up and running.
Some hosts had appealed the regulations to Ontario’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). In November 2019, LPAT dismissed the appeals. Several of the hosts are now seeking to appeal the LPAT decision to the Divisional Court, while another host has requested that LPAT review its decision. These challenges may further delay the city’s implementation of the regulations. Despite this potential delay, we would once again encourage any hosts who do not have government photo identification with their address to begin the process of applying for that now so that you do not face any delays in continuing to host once the registration system is up and running.
As a reminder, the following regulations for hosts were adopted by Toronto City Council and will be implemented. As a reminder, these rules will apply only to short-term stays, defined as less than 28 consecutive days.
- 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/laneway suite is their principal residence.
- Short-term rentals are permitted across the city in all housing types in residential and the residential component of mixed-use zones.
- People who rent their homes short-term must register with the City of Toronto and pay $50. One registration number will apply to all listing associated with that address.
- Upon registration, hosts will be required to provide their name, contact information (phone and email), address and government-issued identification of a type that demonstrates compliance with the principal residence requirement, to be determined by the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards.
- Hosts must provide emergency contact information (someone who is reachable during the guest’s stay) to all guests.
- Hosts must provide guests with a diagram of all exits from the building and 911 emergency contact information.
- Upon subsequent annual registration, short-term rental operators will be required to provide the City of Toronto with the number of nights that their short-term rental was rented for the previous year for review by the City.
For more information regarding implementation timelines, visit the City of Toronto’s short-term rental webpage.
Our team will be working closely with the city over the next few months and will send out more updates as this process moves forward.
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