Airbnb and Short-Term Rental Regulations in Quebec City

There are a number of regulations that are worth being outlined before starting to short-term rent your property, many of which are specific not only to each province but to each borough. The following article will look at the bylaws in the province of Quebec, and then more specific regulations relating to Quebec City. You can find more information in Airbnb's article surrounding short-term renting in Quebec.

Regulations in the province of Quebec

Before looking at the regulations regarding the city of Quebec, it is important to know the regulations regarding short-term renting in the province of Quebec. 

Should I get a certificate of classification to rent out my property short-term?

The certificate of classification gives you the authorization to operate an establishment as a short-term rental unit. There are three cases worth looking at which will decide whether or not you are required to get one:

A residence is defined by Tourisme Québec as being either a suite, an apartment, a house, a cottage, a site for camping, or a ready-to-camp.

A 'regular basis' is defined as:

To obtain a certificate of classification you must also:

What does the CITQ classifier look at?

Even if you are NOT required to hold a classification certificate, you must ensure:

Taxes

A tax on lodging must be collected every time a unit is rented out for more than 6 hours and is collected on a regular 24-hour basis. It is important to note that Airbnb automatically collects this tax and remits it to Revenu Québec. To learn more, click here.

Tax Laws in Quebec on Short-Term Renting

Other regulations

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.

There are other guidelines that you may have to follow depending on the platform you are using to rent out your residence. In the case of Airbnb's guidelines in Canada regarding safety, respecting neighbours, and others, you may see them by clicking here

Penalties of up to C$ 50,000 can be given in the case of non-conformity to short-term rental regulations.

Quebec City Regulation

It is important to note that short-term renting is still fairly new. Much of the regulations surrounding short-term renting is still being revised, which is why we still recommend you call your municipality and ask them about the possibility of doing short-term renting.

Zoning

In certain areas in Quebec City, it is not allowed to have short-term rental properties. In the areas that are allowed, you must obtain a certificate that authorizes the usage of a residence for touristic purposes. To verify whether or not you qualify to get a certificate of classification based on your location, visit the city of Quebec's website.

A map of the various zones where you can rent short-term can be viewed by clicking here.

Between and including sectors 14 and 24:

In addition, it is only permitted to rent short-term in a residence if it was built before July 18, 2017, or if a building permit was issued on or prior to that date. To view these regulations on Quebec city's website, click here

Luckey is committed to regularly informing its property owners of any and all changes relating to short-term rental regulations, to make their renting experience as simple and easy as possible. 

Our Airbnb property management service in Quebec

We recommend that you do your own research as this article isn’t comprehensive, and doesn’t constitute legal or tax advice. Also, as we don’t update this article in real time, please check each source and make sure that the information provided hasn’t recently changed.



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