Item - 2016.EX18.12

Tracking Status

  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on October 26, 2016 and was adopted with amendments.

EX18.12 - Developing an Approach to Regulating Short-Term Rentals

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Decision

The Executive Committee:

 

1. Directed the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report no later than the end of the second quarter of 2017 with proposed regulations for short-term rentals.

Origin

(October 11, 2016) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

Residents and property owners are renting out rooms or entire units for short periods in growing numbers across Toronto, facilitated by the rise of online platforms like Airbnb. For the purposes of this report, we call this type of activity a "short-term rental". According to Airbnb, 9,460 rooms or entire units in Toronto were rented on the platform in 2015; this has doubled since 2014. Residents and stakeholders have identified four key areas of concern relating to short-term rentals: impacts on neighbourhoods; impacts on housing affordability; impacts on tourism; and impacts on taxation.

 

This report describes the short-term rental market, the existing regulatory context, the tax requirements applicable to short-term rentals and the municipal issues that have been identified to date regarding short-term rentals. The report also outlines the planned work for staff to conduct further research into the issues, consult the public and key stakeholders regarding short-term rentals, and explore potential options for regulation. Staff will report back in 2017 on the results of the work described in this report and options for regulating short-term rentals in Toronto.

 

The following divisions were consulted in the preparation of this report: Social Development, Finance and Administration; Corporate Finance; Toronto Fire Services; Toronto Building; Shelter, Support and Housing Administration; Affordable Housing Office; Economic Development and Culture; Revenue Services; and Legal Services.

Background Information

(October 11, 2016) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Developing an Approach to Regulating Short-Term Rentals
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-97235.pdf
Attachment 1 - Jurisdictional Scan of Short Term Rental Regulations in Cities
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-97236.pdf

Communications

(October 22, 2016) E-mail from Holland Marshall (EX.Supp.EX18.12.1)
(October 23, 2016) E-mail from Doug Frost, President, Federation of Ontario Bed and Breakfast Accommodation (FOBBA) (EX.Supp.EX18.12.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-63756.pdf
(October 24, 2016) E-mail from Alvin Cheung (EX.Supp.EX18.12.3)
(October 25, 2016) Letter from Michael Nutter (EX.Supp.EX18.12.4)
(October 25, 2016) Letter from Tony Elenis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association (ORHMA) (EX.Supp.EX18.12.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-63863.pdf
(October 25, 2016) E-mail from Ron Campagna (EX.New.EX18.12.6)
(October 25, 2016) E-mail from Brook Thorndycraft (EX.New.EX18.12.7)
(October 25, 2016) E-mail from Peter Moore (EX.New.EX18.12.8)
(October 26, 2016) E-mail from Michael Hussey (EX.New.EX18.12.9)
(October 26, 2016) Letter from Kenneth Hale, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) and Tenant Duty Counsel Program (TDCP) (EX.New.EX18.12.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-63897.pdf
(October 26, 2016) Letter from Geordie Dent, Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations (EX.New.EX18.12.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-63924.pdf
(October 26, 2016) Letter from Joetia Gupta, Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations (EX.New.EX18.12.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-63925.pdf
(October 26, 2016) Letter from Nick Christoforou (EX.New.EX18.12.13)
(October 26, 2016) E-mail from Suzanne Krajinovic (EX.New.EX18.12.14)

Speakers

Lu-Anne DaCosta
Alex Dagg, Airbnb Canada
Terry Mundell, Greater Toronto Hotel Association
Lis Pimentel, President, UNITE HERE Local 75
Brenna Gauthier
Tony Vazquez, Mayor of Santa Monica
Gleam Davis, Council Member, Santa Monica
Nick Christoforou
Deepak Ruparell, Silver Hotel Group
Bahar Shadpour, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
Ben Powless, Canadians for Tax Fairness
Steven Tufts
Mable Chu
Joeri van den Steenhoven, Director, MaRS Solutions Lab
Tony Elenis, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Ontario Restaurant and Motel Association (ORHMA)
Bobbie Redden, UNITE HERE Local 75
Brian Kellow

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning be directed to report no later than the end of the second quarter of 2017 with proposed regulations for short-term rentals.

Vote (Amend Item) Oct-26-2016

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Michelle Holland, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michael Thompson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council