Quebec announces new regulations for Airbnb rentals – Montreal

The Quebec government has announced new rules that it says will level the playing field for renting a property on Airbnb and other similar platforms.

The new regulations will come into force in the fall. Once in place, they prohibit people from renting property in Quebec without a registration number. Even if the rental is only one room in a house or a short-term rental, all owners and sub-letters will have to register with Revenu Quebec under the new regulations.

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“There will be only one application form – easy, simple, accessible and fair for everyone,” said Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx.

Proulx added that the administration fee will be between $ 50 and $ 75.

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There are specific rules for two rental categories: accommodation in a main residence and accommodation in all other types of establishments. Proulx had a harsh message for those who do not respect the new rules.

“We will find them and we will fine them,” she said.

Fines for violating the new regulations can reach up to $ 10,000 for an individual and $ 25,000 for a corporation. The minister said municipalities can also create stricter regulations in addition to provincial regulations.

Alex Dagg, Airbnb’s head of public policy, says the company is disappointed but looks forward to more details on the registration process. Quebec authorities should move forward with a simple registration plan, the company added.

“We are disappointed that the government has chosen to create unnecessary red tape, bureaucracy and friction for people who want to rent their chalet to visiting families or share student accommodation during the summer months on a daily basis.” Dagg said in a statement.

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The Quebec Hotel Association applauded the news. The chairman of the board, Dany Thibault, said that the current industry is “a bit of a game for everyone”, which affects the financial results of the members of the association.

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“It’s not taxed the same way,” Thibault said.

“The safety and security standards are not the same, so the operating costs are not the same… but I guess beyond that, wherever you go in the world, if there is an ongoing business, taxes must be collected. “

Those who rent out their property will now have to collect provincial and federal sales taxes as well as a lodging tax. They will also have to claim their income.

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