After a suspected Airbnb appartment burned to flames last week in Montreal's Old Port, municipal and provincial governments were called to reevaluate the laws surrounding this home rental platform.
Known for its inexpensive & unique short-term rentals all around the world, Airbnb is quite the staple when it comes to cheap traveling. If you own extra property, it also has it benefits of providing easy, risk-free renting.
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Except now, Quebec government officials are doubling down on rules involving this home rental platform. All renters will now be asked to provide a CITQ (Corporation de l'industrie touristique du Québec) permit number when listing their home. Any current listings that don’t include a permit number of sorts will be taken down. It will additionally be mandatory for all newly-listed homes.
Airbnb will also soon be sharing its access to the city portal with government officials, a tool that apparently "[makes] it easier for governments to manage home sharing in their markets."
Though no official report has been released, a 2022 survey leads to believe that up to 25,000 illegally listed homes could be affected in Quebec.
New rules will be put in place in the next few days.