When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Vaughan. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll continue to update this information as more becomes available. If you have more questions after reviewing this resource, we recommend visiting Vaughan city’s FAQ page, contacting the city directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-832-2281 or consulting a local lawyer or tax professional.
Based on City of Vaughan By-law 183-2019, short-term rentals (STRs) may only operate in the primary residence of most Hosts in the city. It is important to review the By-law and understand your responsibilities as a Host.
Hosts are required to register with the City and post their permit number on their listing, or claim a valid reason for exemption, in order to comply with the ordinance.
Long term stays (29 consecutive nights or more), hotels and motels are exempt from registering as short-term rentals. If your listing is exempt, you don’t need to register, but you will still need to claim an exemption through Airbnb to keep hosting.
Only the following short-term rentals are allowed in Vaughan:
- Homeowners can offer short-term rentals in their own home (principal residence)
- Renters can offer short-term rentals in the rental unit that is their principal residence, if their landlord permits
In Vaughan you will be required to:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Provide proof of primary residence
- Sign a declaration confirming compliance with the local by-law
- Pay a fee
Renewing your registration
Your registration is valid for 1 year at a cost of $332.
Taxes and fees
Vaughan requires hosts to register for, collect and remit a Municipal Accommodation Tax on short-term rentals in the city. For more information about this tax visit Airbnb’s Canada tax information page.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.
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