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 Montreal. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the CITQ, the Régie du logement, or other agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
In the province of Quebec, the laws provide that any person who offers for rent to tourists, in return for payment, at least one accommodation unit for periods of 31 days or less must have obtained a classification certificate from Tourisme Québec.
- Business Licensing. A permit or certificate is required for certain types of businesses in Montreal. You should review these requirements to determine if they apply to your activity. Further information on permits and certificates for businesses in each borough is available here.
- Zoning Laws. Regulations on zoning in a municipality in the province of Quebec may apply to your listing. In the case of Montreal, the Master Plan explains the city's planning and development vision, including land use and building density policies in Part 1, Chapter 3.1. In Part II, the Master Plan contains information for individual boroughs, including land use designation. Zoning and other urban planning by-laws for the city of Montreal are available here.
- Rent Control. In Quebec, rent increases may be subject to the rent control system administered by the Quebec Régie du logement pursuant to standards set out in the Regulation Respecting the Criteria for the Fixing of Rent. You should review these standards carefully if you plan to collect or adjust rent. More information is available here.
- Taxes. Under An Act respecting the Québec sales tax, a tax on lodging applies each time an accommodation unit is rented for more than six hours and up to 31 consecutive days in most tourism regions in Quebec, including Montreal, as explained here. The province of Quebec and the municipalities collect various other taxes that may apply to residents renting out accommodation units. More information on taxes is available here (provincial administration) and, for the Montreal, here (municipal).
- Other rules. It is also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.