Short-Term Rental Regulations Start September 10

Short-Term Rental Regulations Start September 10

Starting this week, the City of Toronto is taking further action to regulate short term rental properties.  Moving forward, those renting properties for fewer than 28 consecutive days must register with the City and provide a registration number on any listings on sites such as Airbnb, Expedia or booking.com.  Having property owner information on file with bylaw enforcement will allow for more efficient follow-up for by-laws officers and increase owner accountability.

Short term rental hosts can now register online here, and must register by December 31, …

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Helping with Property Standards

Helping with Property Standards

UPDATE:  Some bylaw officers who had been redeployed to enforce COVID-19 regulations are returning to their regular jobs this week – just in time to deal with a flood of complaints our office has received about long grass and weeds.

To report a case, please contact 3-1-1. If possible, include a photograph, which will help us respond faster. John met with city staff last week, who assured us that complaints would be followed up according to the following timelines: within two days of the complaint, a …

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The Party Is Over For Party Houses

The Party Is Over For Party Houses

In recent years, the surge of short-term rentals popping up on websites like Airbnb has hurt communities like Willowdale by reducing the stock of available rental properties, leading to soaring prices and less stable neighbourhoods.

With land speculation continuing to be a significant factor in the local real estate market, owners have become more creative in monetizing properties on these web platforms, renting out homes as party venues and causing headaches for large groups of neighbours seeking John’s assistance.

That party, however, is about to end. In …

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LPAT Upholds City’s Rules on Short-Term Rentals

LPAT Upholds City’s Rules on Short-Term Rentals

The City of Toronto will be able to regulate how properties are listed on short-term rental sites such as Airbnb. That was the result of a decision this week from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) upholding Council’s approved short-term rental bylaws from 2017. Those rules had been on hold pending the outcome of the appeal.

In recent years, the popularity of online short-term rental sites has had several undesirable impacts on local neighbourhoods. They have reduced the number of available rental properties driving up prices, …

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Navigating Issues Related to Party Houses

Navigating Issues Related to Party Houses

In recent months, we have seen a rise in short-term rental properties being used for events and parties in Willowdale.

Issues related to noise, garbage left on the property, and illegally parked vehicles are just some of the complaints that we have received.

Last year, the City proposed regulations to end Airbnb from listing entire homes for use. However, the room sharing service appealed those rules to the Ontario Municipal Board, now called the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

John met with various divisions (ML&S, Toronto Building, Fire …

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