Short-Term Rental Accommodations

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Beginning September 30, the new Short-Term Rental Registration Licensing By-Law will go into effect. All new and existing short-term rental operators will require a license to operate legally.

To receive a copy of the licensing application, email licensing@brampton.ca or call 905.874.2100.

  

What you need to know:

  • Short-term rentals are permitted in the principal residence only for a maximum of 180 days per calendar year
  • No more than three (3) bedrooms are to be rented individually
  • The Property owner muse have proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance
  • Annual license renewal is required
  • Any STR host who contravenes the provisions of the By-Law is guilty of an offence and liable to fines and other penalties



 

What is a Short Term Rental?

​The term “Short-Term Rental” or “Short-Term Accommodation” is when all or part of a dwelling unit is used to provide sleeping accommodations for any rental period that is less than 30 consecutive days in exchange for payment.
 
Online short-term rental (​STR) platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and FlipKey fall within the ‘sharing economy’ which describes online platforms that connect consumers to each other, in order to sell or rent things to one another. Home sharing has increased in popularity because it provides a more personal alternative to hotels during vacations or business travel, and income potential to the home owner that can help supplement mortgage payments.
 
STR's present challenges to existing regulations like local municipal by-laws (i.e. property taxes, zoning and licensing by-laws) and home-owners may not be aware they are violating provincial legislation in addition to municipal rules and/or condominium corporate rules.

The Impacts of Short-Term Rentals

​Similar to other municipalities, the City of Brampton experiences a numbers of challenges related to short-term rentals, such as:
  • Decreased number of affordable rental units available
  • Properties being used as ‘party-houses’
  • Maintenance of the property
  • Number of parked vehicles
  • Increase in garbage complaints
  • Change in neighbourhood character
  • Community safety
  • Commercialization of STRs (i.e. Ghost Hostels)

​Home-sharing platforms allow individuals to make more money renting on the short-term market than the long-term market, which in turn can deplete the available housing stock and raise market value rent in the area. To help combat the issue of affordable housing, regulatory measures can be taken such as limiting home-sharing to the principal residence only and the number of days a unit can be rented.


Frequently Asked Questions

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