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Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar15,2024

Archives | Airbnb, the hotel to frame

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Tourist accommodation web platforms like Airbnb represent challenges of competition and legality since their beginnings in Quebec.


Since when has Airbnb-style short-term rentals raised concerns? Our archives show us that in Quebec it was first the tourist lodges in the Old Capital that sounded the alarm.

Chez us, illegal accommodation is more and more widespread, announces host Philippe Schnobb on Téléjournal on November 29, 2006. A phenomenon which deprives hoteliers in the province of around thirty million dollars of income per year.

Téléjournal, November 29, 2006

Journalist Philippe Leblanc reports on the situation in Quebec. In this highly touristy region, owners of lodges and inns cry out for unfair competition.

In parallel with their legal accommodation services, certain establishments offer tourists accommodation in guest houses or apartments.

Web platforms are also appearing that allow you to rent accommodation by the day and not by the month, which is prohibited by law if you do not have a permit.

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We understand that these are much higher incomes than renting it monthly to a resident, explains urban planning advisor Françoise Roy on this daily rate. It is therefore unfair for hoteliers.

This is dishonest competition, says the hostel owner, because these illegal guest houses do not pay taxes. Not to mention that they can present a danger, because they do not have to undergo inspections or have a safety system in the event of fire.

Seeing complaints multiply, the City of Quebec intends to allocate resources to counter this phenomenon. It then counts around fifty accommodations which are acting illegally.

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At Téléjournal from February 2, 2013, journalist Pasquale Harrison-Julien presents Airbnb, a rapidly expanding platform that allows you to rent a room or apartment in more than 192 countries.

Its users benefit from a secure transaction, explains the journalist, in addition to insurance on their property.

These are also unlicensed lodges which – unlike those duly registered with the Quebec Ministry of Tourism – do not have to repay taxes to the government or offer breakfast service.

In this rapidly changing hotel industry, legal accommodations are likely to close and turn to this short-term rental system which presents much fewer constraints.

This is what Patryck Thévenard, president of the Association of B&Bs and Tourist Residences of Montreal, denounces, who has just filed a formal notice to force the authorities to legislate in this area.

We must either deregulate the activity of legal lodges or fine illegal lodges, he explained to the journalist in 2013.

The lack of supervision of short-term rental web platforms is also starting to bother their users. This is the case of musician Tim Fletcher who decided to no longer rent his accommodation on Airbnb when he goes on tour.

Created in starting in a spirit of sharing economy, the web platform has become a multinational company which is increasingly similar to a large hotel chain.

The unfair and illegal competition that this entails is also being raised by the authorities in several metropolises around the world, mentions journalist Pasquale Harrison-Julien.

In 2013, several large cities began to work together with Airbnb to adjust and clarify their municipal regulations in order to take this player into account in the accommodation market.

Téléjournal, April 17, 2016

For users of short-term rental platforms, Quebec rules regarding tourist accommodation are not always clear.

This is what emerges from the report by journalist Julie Dufresne on Téléjournal on April 17, 2016.

Where do we draw the line between a commercial or occasional practice which means that we must or must not comply with the law? Some users met by the journalist were not aware of taking an illegal action.

Quebec has just adopted a law aimed at regulating the platforms of 'tourist accommodation, but certain definitions remain to be clarified.

Law 67 requires in particular that landlords collect the tax on accommodation and equip themselves a license to rent their accommodation on a short-term basis.

New obligations which require close monitoring and control by the government to be truly applied.

Since 2017, it has been up to the Airbnb platform to collect the tax on Quebec accommodation.

Very recently, the Airbnb platform short-term rental also announced that it would require the registration number of the Corporation de l'industrie tourisme du Québec (CITQ) from owners who use its services, otherwise their advertisements would be deactivated. p>

A tightening negotiated with Quebec following a fatal fire in a building in Old Montreal, some of which was rented on the platform in contravention of the law Quebecoise.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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