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Restricting Short-Term Rentals

Jackie Bartlett and Daniel Litsos
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The article discusses the ongoing debate around short-term rentals (STRs) like Airbnb in major cities, focusing on Toronto. It highlights concerns about noise, disruption, and the impact on the local housing market caused by STRs. To address these issues, the City of Toronto introduced Zoning Bylaws in 2017, aiming to regulate and restrict STRs. These bylaws faced appeals from STR operators who believed they were too restrictive. The Local Planning and Appeal Tribunal upheld the bylaws, recognizing the housing crisis and the need to protect housing supply and affordability. The tribunal concluded that the bylaws aimed to permit and regulate STRs without displacing residents. Despite concerns about the trade-off between commercial STRs and long-term housing supply, the outcome's impact on Toronto's rental market remains uncertain.


Short-term rentals, Airbnb, Toronto, Zoning Bylaws, Local Planning and Appeal Tribunal, housing crisis, housing supply, affordability, regulations, STR operators, housing market, noise, disruption, trade-off.

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Jackie Bartlett and Daniel Litsos
Restricting Short-Term Rentals
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