July 7, 2016
A newly-launched national coalition that is taking aim at Airbnb plans to call on Toronto councillors to regulate online short-term rentals in the city. Fairbnb launched on Thursday at Toronto city hall, its campaign targeting the so-called home-sharing market in Canada. But its chairwoman said the organization doesn’t want to ban Airbnb. “We don’t fault ordinary people who legally rent out a spare bedroom to help a visitor or to help pay bills,” Lis Pimentel told reporters in Toronto. “However, we do believe Canadian cities must modernize their laws and enforcement so that there are fair, consistent and respectful market rules for short-term rentals.” Pimentel said vendors are renting out hundreds of homes through Airbnb, something that’s creating ghost hotels alongside a regulated industry. It’s also taking rental properties off the market, which are being offered on Airbnb instead, and “adding to the city’s affordable housing crisis,” she said….
Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/airbnb-fairbnb-coalition-homesharing-toronto-regulations-1.3669677