Toronto faces challenges to license landlords and control AirBnBs


Any bylaws introduced to licence landlords and control the proliferation of AirBnB units in Toronto will almost certainly face legal hurdles and court challenges, says Toronto real estate lawyer Peter Neilson.

Neilson, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP, says Toronto's quest to control AirBnBs and landlords also opens up the proverbial legal can of worms, he says, since it could conceivably impinge on homeowners’ property rights.

“There are so many variables,” Neilson says. “You have a condo owner who lets out a unit through AirBnB and it’s likely no one in the building would be happy about that including the property management. But you’d have to consult the condo corporation declaration and rules to see if it is specifically barred.

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