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When renting an Airbnb for a trip, you are always figuring out which one suits you the best, and which one will give you the best experience.  The way you measure these qualities is usually self determined, but at the end of the day you want a good quality rental.  The city of Toronto located in Ontario, Canada, has recently introduced a short term rental registration for hosts that are renting out their property.  This registration ensures that the host is abiding by government regulations and that the rental is acknowledged by the government.  As a guest, it is imperative that you look for this Toronto Registration number in your rental.

Registered STRs are a Good Thing

Peace of mind with a registered Toronto STR

When perusing through Airbnb, you can see thousands of different Airbnb listings around Toronto, but that doesn’t mean they’re currently recognized as a short term rental by the government.  One large benefit when booking a rental that is recognized by the government is your peace of mind as a guest.  How does this correlate with peace of mind you ask? When the rental has been registered with the Toronto Short Term Rental Registration Form, you will know in certainty that an unbiased person approved the use for it to be rented.  Think of this as a stamp of approval from the government saying that they are a real property, and that the necessary steps have been put in place to ensure that.   Another benefit when renting with a property that has registered is crucial to you and future guest safety.  If you have rented with a registered rental and encounter an issue with its safety, you then have a registration number that you are able to use when contacting the city of Toronto, so that they are able to rectify the issue. It is this accountability that ensures that these rentals are always up to code and will continue to be for years to come.

How to Spot a Registered STR

Looking for registered Toronto rental

You may be curious to know the difference between a registered and unregistered rental property, and you’ll be happy to know it is quite easy to determine.  According to the Toronto regulations, the rental host must include the registration number in the rental listing so that guests are able to see it.  So just like that, you are able to distinguish between one from another.  This can be especially useful next year, as Toronto short term rentals must register before December 31st, 2020.  But what does this mean?  Well, if you are renting in Toronto next year, and you find a property without that registration number, then you know as a smart guest that they are currently breaking the law! And this could just be the tip of the iceberg… how many other laws could this rental be currently breaking that you can’t see?

More information about Registering

This Toronto Short Term Rental Registration ensures that you as a guest are as informed as possible and can then make an educated decision on what rental to choose.  If you are currently unsure about a rental, or have more questions about the Toronto Registration Form, feel free to reach out to for more information. If you are a host looking for more information about registering your rental, we have resources for you too!

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