Short Term Rentals
Governments at all levels are grappling with the implications of the growing short-term rental industry. There is an acute need for federal, provincial and municipal governments to put in place a modern regulatory framework to address the stresses and unintended consequences created by short-term rentals.
- Review & modernize legislation including the Condominium Property Act, Residential Tenancies Act, Innkeepers Act, and Tourism Levy Act to reflect the new realities of the sharing economy.
- Permit a maximum of 30 room nights for short-term online rentals and home-sharing.
- Make home-sharing platforms legally responsible for:
- Collecting and remitting the Tourism Levy on behalf of hosts, and
- Sharing information related to host listings and rental activity
- Require all providers of short term accommodation to comply with cleanliness, health, and safety regulations.
- Restrict home-sharing activity to principal residences only for a maximum of 30 nights.
- Require all providers of short term accommodation to hold a current business license and occupancy permit and carry adequate property and liability insurance.
- Require all providers of short term accommodation to comply with municipal bylaws and zoning.
- Require Short Term Rental platforms like Airbnb to be licensed with the municipality.
- The AHLA will work alongside the Hotel Association of Canada to develop a national strategy with recommendations to government.
Short-Term Online Rental Marketplace (STORM)
In 2017, the AHLA, in partnership with the Hotel Association of Canada, released a study that demonstrated that commercial operators were growing exponentially, far outpacing actual home-sharing activity.
View the full news release here.