Update on Airbnb and Short-term Rentals

In April, the Ontario Government issued a temporary ban on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies from operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 5th, the Province has lifted the ban, meaning that short-term rentals are now longer restricted under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

In Toronto, short-term rentals are regulated by the City’s bylaws. Any resumption of operation must be in accordance with these bylaws. The bylaws permit short-term rentals (any rental that is less than 28 consecutive days) across the city in principal residences only. Within their principal residence, people can rent up to three rooms or their entire home.

Along with a number of other City services, the licensing and registration of short-term rentals has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the City’s emergency response. Right now, the City is working to determine new implementation timelines for finalizing the licensing and registration process.

City staff are continuing to respond to short-term rental issues on a complaints basis. You can report a short-term rental that is in violation of the rules, or a noise and waste infraction, by calling 311 with a complaint. 

I will continue to work with City staff to push for a speedy implementation of licensing and registration for Airbnb and other short-term rental companies. We have been working on this for three years now, in order to be able to fully enforce the rules that were approved by Council in 2017. I continue to be concerned about the impact that short-term rentals have had on our rental housing market, and on community safety and liveability due to the rise of ghost hotels, and will provide more updates as soon as they become available.