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Canadian cities adopt restrictions on tourist rentals for platforms such as Airbnb.

Canadian cities adopt restrictions on tourist rentals for platforms such as Airbnb.
Territorial aspects April 15, 2018

The housing access crisis that is taking place in many developed countries is also being felt in Canada, where its cities are taking measures to guarantee this right, and some are related to new regulations and restrictions on tourist rentals through digital platforms such as Airbnb, Booking or HomeAway.

So, in Vancouver, where it is estimated that there are at least 6.000 unlicensed holiday rentals and between 27 to 39% of places rented completely, and not as home-sharing, have been taken steps, such as charging 49 Canadian dollars per year to each accommodation provider as well as homeowners will not be allowed to list homes that are unoccupied in the long term, entire condos, or secondary suites.

Similarly, Quebec is going to charge a tax on accommodation and Toronto (with 3,200 secondary dwellings, and not home-sharing) is considering what measures to take. In addition, and with the aim of improving access to housing, several of these cities are adopting taxes on unoccupied housing in order to encourage their entry into the housing market.

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