Under the rules, Toronto will require short-term rental operators to live at the home they list on sites such as Airbnb.
Operators will also be allowed to rent a maximum of three bedrooms in their home or their entire property. They will be required to register with the city to rent out space in their homes.
In his ruling, adjudicator Scott Tousaw described the regulations as "good planning in the public interest."
This ruling by LPAT (formerly the OMB) effectively validates the ability of a local jurisdiction having authority in Ontario to apply controls and practice planning consistent with the public interest, most significantly, even where the STA are an existing non-conforming use. The rights of STA owners does not take precedence over public interest. In his ruling, an adjudicator for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) rejected landlords’ arguments that short-term rentals were just like any residential use of a home.