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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. 

Have your say

Public Consultation Presentation


The City of Toronto is seeking public input on regulations for short-term rentals in Toronto.

Process background

January 2016: Council directed staff to conduct research and develop potential regulations for short-term rentals
October 2016: Staff reported on current short-term rental industry and plan for developing potential regulations
November 2016 to May 2017: Research and public consultation
June 2017: Report to Executive Committee on potential regulations
Consultation plan
  • Public meetings - March 28 and April 12
  • Stakeholder consultations
  • Online survey

Short-term rentals

  • Less than 30 consecutive days rented
  • Run by the owners, property managers or tenants
  • Occur in houses, second suites, condos and apartment buildings
Current rules
  • Zoning bylaw permits some residents to rent rooms in their home to tourists in some areas in Toronto. 
  • No permit or licence required to operate a short-term rental, hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast in Toronto.
  • No special tax on short-term rentals, traditional bed and breakfasts, hotels, or motels. 

Short-term rental activity in Toronto

  • According to Airbnb there were around 16,000 listings rented on Airbnb in 2016.
  • 97% of these listings were rented for a stay that lasted less than 30 days.
  • Around 24% of these listings were in houses, while around 69% were in condominiums or apartment buildings.

Key focus areas

  • Neighbourhoods
  • Housing availability and affordability
  • Economic development and tourism
  • Taxation

Discussion Question 1
What are your experiences with short-term rentals?

Discussion Question 2

The City is considering developing new rules for short-term rentals in Toronto.
What issues should the City address?