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Canadian cities ramp up Airbnb regulation, but many questions remain

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 8:44 AM | By Matthias Duensing

Toronto City Council has followed Vancouver’s lead and has passed regulations designed to tighten up the short-stay accommodation sector, effective July 1, 2018. Vancouver’s updated by-laws will be in force April 1, 2018.

Ever since Airbnb disrupted the short-stay accommodation sector by providing a platform by which homeowners can offer in-home accommodations for travellers, cities have been scrambling to deal with its effects on neighbourhoods, and how to regulate the growing and seemingly unstoppable new industry. Over the past year, several major cities across Canada have...