Bottles discarded from short-term rental on 35th floor are “grossly irresponsible,” Toronto mayor says

TORONTO – The mayor of Toronto calls an incident in which bottles rained on a busy downtown street following a party in a short-term rental suite 35 stories above as ” more grossly irresponsible than I have seen ”.

Police have arrested and criminally charged four men, seven for violating COVID emergency orders, and now the city is preparing to investigate the condo owner for a possible violation of the new short-term rental rules of the city. city, said John Tory.

Fortunately, these people who cross the scale of irresponsibility so much that it is almost unimaginable – they are rare. But the main thing doesn’t have to be such parties, and we’re going to have to look at how that fits into the new short-term rental regulations, ”Tory said.

Toronto Police said they were called around 2:30 p.m. to Ice Condos on York Street and Lakeshore Boulevard with reports of broken and flying bottles.

“We’re not talking about one or two, there were multiple bottles involved,” Const said. Laura Brabant, adding that when the police stopped to close the busy street and protect pedestrians, she felt like she was being attacked.

“They themselves became the target of bottles thrown from the building,” she said.

The party had lasted since the day before. Four people have now been criminally charged with nuisance, life-threatening mischief, assault on an officer and possession of drugs.

In court, one of the defendants was granted $ 1,000 bail, with one condition that if he returned to a skyscraper he could not go beyond the sixth floor.

Toronto’s short-term rental regulations prohibit anyone from renting out their apartment for less than 28 days unless it is their personal residence and obtains a permit from the city.

The city’s municipal licensing and standards department told CTV News they had issued five charges so far, two of which had not been registered with the city and three which did not rent out their primary residence. .

The city’s largest platform, Airbnb, said it has no suites in the Ice Condos on the 35th floor. Attempts by CTV News to contact building management were unsuccessful.

Fairbnb, who has criticized the consequences of short-term rentals in the city, said he wanted to know if the unit also violated a provincial ban on short-term rentals during the pandemic for everyone except those who need housing.

“It’s not just people throwing bottles, but it’s also an incident where people gather inside and maybe spread a deadly virus,” Thorben Wieditz said.

In general, a CTV News Toronto analysis of data pulled from the Airbnb platform by Inside Airbnb appears to show a trend towards following city rules.

In early January, some 1,549 suites had been listed for less than 28 days with permit numbers that did not match any of those issued by the city.

As of February 8, that number had fallen to 248, according to the analysis.

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