Residents invited to open houses on proposed short term rental regulations

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning staff are holding a series of open houses on the proposed regulations for short term rentals. The term "short-term rental" describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. 28 days or less). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

Four open houses are being held to provide an opportunity for residents to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed rules. The proposed regulations are to:

1. Allow anyone to offer a short-term rental in their home.
2. Require anyone operating a short-term rental to register with the City and include the City-issued registration number in all advertisements.
3. Require any short-term rental company (like Airbnb, VRBO or FlipKey) to be licensed by the City and only advertise short-term rentals with valid City-issued registration numbers.

The open houses will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a short presentation at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The open houses will be held on:

  • Wednesday, September 6, City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.
  • Monday, September 11, North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Wednesday, September 13, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom, 399 the West Mall
  • Tuesday, September 19, Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1, 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough

Short Term Rental Survey
Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations. The survey will be available until September 19 and can be found at:

Reports on Short Term Rentals are expected in November at the Planning and Growth Committee and Licensing and Standards Committee.

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