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Tourist accommodation: New actions to reduce the impact

Tourist accommodation: New actions to reduce the impact

On June 12, 2023, Bill 25, which aims to combat illegal tourist accommodation, was adopted.
Operators of transactional digital accommodation platforms will now be prohibited from broadcasting a tourist accommodation offer that does not contain the registration number of the accommodation establishment concerned or the expiry date of the registration certificate, under penalty of fines.
In addition to strengthening compliance with the Act respecting tourist accommodation (CQLR, chapter H-1.01), the new provisions will further support Revenu Québec and municipalities in the fight against illegal accommodation.

The new provincial law will force Airbnb to ensure that the listings it runs are legal, and that therefore the registration numbers are legitimate. But this provision will only apply from 1 September 2023 onwards.

The City of Montreal announced in early August that it would take the necessary measures to reduce the number of illegal tourist rentals.
A new squad will be in charge of verifying and proving the presence of illegal housing.

The City of Montreal had already said that it wants these units to leave the tourist accommodation market in order to return to the traditional rental market.

For the Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ), any new control put in place will reduce illegal rentals made by tenants.

By tightening up the ads posted and the obligation to produce its tourism certification number, the APQ hopes that illegal rentals will finally be eliminated.

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