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Homeowners hit with $10K fine for illegal rental

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 3:30 PM | By Tom Venetis

Justice of the peace Gerry Altobello wanted to send a message.

And he did when he imposed a $10,000 fine on owners of a Willowdale home who violated city bylaws by renting the home to short-term renters through services similar to the popular Airbnb web application.

Altobello rejected the city prosecutor’s submission that the fine should be $1,000 because that was too low to send a message of deterrence to others.

City inspectors discovered that the home at 5 Glenelia Ave. was being used by a...