Policy, Research, Public Consultation and Events

Picture of a bedroom from a short-term rental ad

Short-term Rentals

The City is considering new rules for short-term rentals. 

What is a short-term rental?

The term "short-term rental" typically 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. 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. 

Proposed new rules for short-term rentals

A proposed City-wide zoning framework permits short-term rentals in the principal residence of an owner or tenant in residential and mixed-use zones. A short-term rental can be the entire dwelling unit, a secondary suite or up to three rooms rented for a period of no more than 28 days.

The proposed licensing and registration system requires anyone operating a short-term rental to register with the City and include the City-issued registration number in all ads. Short-term rental companies will need to get a City licence and could only list registered short-term rentals.

For more details about the proposed new rules, read the Executive Committee decision.

How will the proposed rules for short-term rentals affect you?

Have your say about short-term rentals in Toronto

Attend an open house

Learn about the proposed licensing, registration and zoning framework and share your thoughts. 

Drop in between 3 and 8 p.m. Short presentation at 4 and 7 p.m.


Wednesday, September 6

City Hall, Committee Room 2

100 Queen Street West

Monday, September 11

North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers

5100 Yonge Street

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

Open House locations are accessible. If you require accommodations to attend and participate in these meetings, please email MLSfeedback@toronto.ca as soon as possible.