Quebec’s Guide to Renting Airbnb Properties: How to Avoid Legal Trouble
If you’re looking to rent out a property on Airbnb in Quebec, you need to be aware of the laws that govern short-term rentals. However, ignorance of the law is not an excuse, and renting out a property without following the proper procedures can result in hefty fines.
In this blog post, we’ll provide a guide to renting Airbnb properties in Quebec, including information on how to get a permit and avoid legal trouble.
What Do I Need To List My Airbnb?
The Province of Quebec has strict guidelines surrounding what you need to do to avoid any fines or penalties. First, you’ll need to determine if your property requires you to have a certificate of classification in order for you to operate an Airbnb.
You’ll need to register for a classification certificate through the CITQ if you’re planning to rent a property (whether or not you own it and regardless of whether it is your primary residence) for less than 31 days, regularly, in exchange for money.
Before creating your Airbnb listing for a condo or apartment in a building, you should also confirm that no other building bylaws impose any rental restrictions that may prevent you from listing it. Contravening bylaws can result in penalties and disputes with condo syndicates and neighbours that can ruin the rental experience.
Regardless, you’ll still need to collect lodging tax from your guests to pay to Revenu Quebec. Speak to a qualified accountant about your reporting requirements.
Is It Challenging To Obtain A Certificate Of Classification?
The process of obtaining a certificate of classification is relatively straightforward. However, the application can be time-consuming, and there are mandatory waiting periods between each step of the application.
You’ll need to:
- Provide a proof of liability insurance;
- Follow all rules set by your condo or home association;
- Publish your listing on Airbnb, VRBO, or other public forums; and
- Pass an inspection by CITQ classifier, which ensures that the rental is clean, high-quality, and offers your touted benefits to renters and tourists alike.
What Happens If You Don’t Follow These Guidelines?
Fines for illegally renting out a property or not obtaining the proper certificates can reach up to $10,000 for an individual and $25,000 for a corporation.
On top of that, if you’re listing a property in a condo or apartment building that strictly forbids Airbnbs, you can be fined separately for this incident and can even have your lease terminated.
Find The Legal Help To Deal With Airbnb Fines Today
If you’re currently dealing with any legal issues related to Airbnb or other short-term rental matters, it’s essential to get in touch with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible.
Here at Legal Logik, we have experience helping clients resolve penalties and fines associated with this type of short-term rental. So request a consultation today, and we’ll be happy to get started on resolving your legal issue.