The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) ruled the city can implement a bylaw passed nearly two years ago restricting short-term rentals in the city. The regulations require hosts to pay a $50 licensing fee and for companies to pay $5,000, plus another $1 per night for each booking. The bylaw also caps rentals at 180 nights per year for each home; hosts also must pay a four per cent tax on rentals shorter than 28 consecutive days. “One fact is indisputable: each dedicated short-term rental unit displaces one permanent household,” wrote adjudicator Scott Tousaw in his decision. (Toronto Star)
Talking point: The bylaw was put on hold nearly two years ago when a group of Toronto landlords appealed the decision, arguing it restricts their property rights. Airbnb has been paying at least one of the landlords’ legal fees. Toronto’s bylaw is among the strictest in Canada for short-term rentals, going well beyond Vancouver’s $49 annual licensing fee that applies only to hosts, not to the platforms themselves. In 2018, Oakville, Ont. implemented a bylaw similar to Toronto’s, requiring rental companies to buy a $44,500 license to operate in the city. “We continue to share our hosts’ concerns that these rules unfairly punish some responsible short-term rental hosts who are contributing to the local economy,” said Alex Dagg, head of public policy for Airbnb Canada, in a statement to The Logic. Either the city or the landlords can challenge the LPAT’s decision.