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Short-term Rentals

The City is reviewing short-term rentals in Toronto.

What is a short-term rental?

The term "short-term rental" typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals. Short-term rentals may occur in houses, townhouses, second suites, condominiums and rental apartment buildings; and may be operated by both property owners and tenants. 

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About short-term rentals

There has been a rise in the number of people in Toronto and around the world renting property or rooms in their homes for short periods. This has been driven by online platforms that facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals. Platforms operating in Toronto include Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama.

By the numbers* - Short-term rentals in Toronto booked through Airbnb: 

  • 16,000 listings were rented on Airbnb in 2016, and 97% of these rented a stay for a period of less than 30 days
  • 24% of these listings were in houses, while 69% were in condominiums or apartment buildings

*Estimated numbers provided by Airbnb

Read the City's report on short-term rentals in Toronto.