Landlords seek ban on Airbnb

By John Tenpenny

An ongoing saga continues to make headlines as a group of landlords in Quebec ask the government to curb the growth of short-term rental services such as Airbnb.

The Association des propriétaires d’appartements du Grand Montréal is asking the provincial government to amend the Civil Code and make it illegal to sublet an apartment or condo for less than a month.

Christian Perron, president of the 500-member, told the Montreal Gazette that the measure is needed to keep apartment buildings peaceful for other tenants and insurance affordable for landlords, who risk having claims denied or premiums hiked if the building is being used commercially without the insurer’s knowledge.

Perron, who oversees 150 rental units, said he was called to an apartment recently that the tenant had rented for two weeks to parties unknown. They were disturbing other occupants.

The idea, say landlords, is to redirect short-term and “tourism” business back where it belongs – hotels.

With short-term rental services and the sharing economy not going away anytime soon, the issues of safety and liability fall on landlords.

Still, the Quebec government has served notice it intends to legalize and regulate home-sharing and rental services and collect taxes from them.

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  • by Francis Dryden 2015-08-24 1:34:10 PM

    Airbnb owns no property... people advertise their properties on there. The whole world is supposed to operate without advertising their own property because some group of landlords in Quebec says so... if you can't stand the competition then learn to compete!

  • by Vancouver Landlord 2015-08-24 1:50:03 PM

    A dangerous thing happens when Landlords compete in that market. It's already happening in many cities. The rental stock is eaten up by AirBnB people. Some having 100 units that they rent and in tern sublet. It doesn't take much and then there is a shortage of market rent properties.

    Cities have zoning regulations with hotels in specific places for a reason. Hotels also must remit taxes that go towards supporting tourism in a city. Hotel owners should be the ones upset about AirBnB. It disadvantages them.

    We once had a tenant that sublet our unit on AirBnB. The damages to the unit were extensive. I now have a clause in all our rentals that requires explicit permission to sublet and I require the same level of scrutiny in a sublet as I apply in my original rental. That means among other things, a credit check on the occupant and a minimum 6 month lease.

    AirBnB externalizes the cost of damages and tax loss, plus it's spits in the face of city planning. Any of our 40 units found on AirBnB will result in eviction and a legal action. As a landlord, I will not tolerate this sort of nonsense.

  • by Don 2015-08-24 2:00:28 PM

    The issue for the landlord is liability. If his tenant posts the place on airbnb when he is away for the weekend and some other yahoo's come in trash the place or cause injury to themselves or to others in the building, the landlord can be liable, and his insurance company can hold him accountable for not knowing....and good luck to the landlord if he thinks he will be able to sue the tenants (who typically own nothing!)

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