Airbnb will remove listings without registration in Quebec
The Airbnb platform announces that it will remove listings of accommodations that do not have a permit number registered with the Corporation de l’industrie touristique du Québec ( CITQ), and this across the province.
Remember that the accommodation platform has been in hot water since the fire that ravaged a building in Old Montreal where tenants of short-term stays illegally housed in rooms without windows or sprinklers. Several are still missing.
“I am satisfied with Airbnb’s decision to comply with our legislation as I demanded yesterday during our meeting. I also ask other platforms to comply. However, I remain firm on my intention to tighten the Act respecting tourist accommodation,” said the Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx.
In the wake of this tragedy, the Quebec government announced amend the law shortly by imposing a stricter framework for short-term rentals. While waiting for this change, some Montreal boroughs have come together to form a squad specializing in illegal rentals on their territory to be able to better document them and better equip Revenu Québec in its investigations.
The organization Inside Airbnb recently estimated that 92.5% of the 13 913 homes listed on Airbnb in Montreal are rented without a permit.