Landlords lose appeal over Toronto’s new rules to limit Airbnb, other short-term rentals

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Landlords lose appeal over Toronto’s new rules to limit Airbnb, other short-term rentals


A provincial planning tribunal has upheld the city’s short-term rental rules. It found that the city’s regulations “represent a reasonable balancing” of ensuring that Toronto has housing for residents and that there are options for tourism.

The ruling by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) found that tourists had other accommodation options and that landlords could still provide rentals aimed at stays of 28 days or longer.

But in a written decision issued Monday, adjudicator Scott Tousaw said: “One fact is indisputable: each dedicated short-term rental unit displaces one permanent household. That household must find another place to live.”

The LPAT heard nine days of testimony from city planners and Airbnb landlords who argued they should be allowed to rent their properties as they see fit.

The city’s zoning bylaw amendments that would limit short-term rentals to properties that are the principal residence of the landlord, “has a solid basis and planning rationale” based on “consulting widely with industry and public stakeholders.”

More to come.

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Tess Kalinowski





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