The rental of a principal residence will be permitted as of March 25 in Quebec

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The rental of a principal residence will be permitted as of March 25 in Quebec

Citizens will be able to rent out their primary residence unless the municipality passes a zoning bylaw to prohibit it.

As of March 25, it will be possible to rent your main residence in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and elsewhere in the province on digital tourist accommodation platforms for less than 30 days.

Law 67 on collaborative accommodation which comes into force allows this kind of activity in all municipalities.

The existing town planning regulations which prohibit renting one's main residence thus become null and void.

Municipalities may, however, after a referendum process, regulate the supply of accommodation tourist in a main residence.

In Rouyn-Noranda, renting your residence was already allowed after the adoption of a zoning by-law in 2016 and the City does not count not change provisions, confirms the communications department of the municipality.

The municipalities of Val-d'Or and Amos also do not intend to limit these activities to certain sectors.

The City of Témiscaming intends, however, to regulate this type of accommodation with a new zoning by-law in the coming months.

Pierre Gingras mayor of Témiscaming

Mayor Pierre Gingras reminds that the municipal council must go back to the drawing board since a first draft by-law did not come to fruition.

The rest of us, of course, we said to ourselves at the start, we lack housing in Temiscaming, so we thought maybe it's a good thing to look at it properly to prevent accommodations from ending up without anyone in them, then only to serve Airbnb. We thought about it, we understood the rules. We had more discussions, questions and now we are ready to work so that it is acceptable to everyone, adds the mayor.

In Témiscamingue, only three main residence rental permits have been issued by the government.

This is because owners must hold a permit for such an activity, explains Daniel Dufault, urban planner at the MRC de Témiscamingue.

Each municipality has a bit to ask itself the question, what is my interest in regulating? Is it because the tourist accommodation is causing nuisance because there are parties or on-street parking or an additional volume of litter? If it does not want to regulate, is it because there is a shortage of conventional tourist supply, such as hotels, hostels, is the municipality wants to promote a diversity of tourist accommodation on its territory?, says the manager.

“Does the municipality want to intervene in the private market or not? These are the questions that municipalities will ask themselves to find out whether or not we regulate. »

— Daniel Dufault

For second homes and chalets, the figure is 32 authorizations which are issued by the Ministry of Tourism.

Recall that the government's Bill 67 had aroused an outcry from the municipalities when it was tabled by the Minister of Municipal Affairs Andrée Laforest.

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