Illegal subletting of accommodation for tourists is a growing business in Montreal.
According to La Presse, the Corporation of Quebec homeowners says they're getting an increasing number of calls from members who find that their tenants sublet their homes through sites like Airbnb.com.
Right now, more than a thousand units and beds are available in private homes.
This initiative, however, is illegal, if the owner doesn't have a permit from the Ministry of Tourism.
Only nine people in Quebec have been fined for operating without a license.
The daily penalty for people who violate the Act respecting a tourist accommodation establishment ranges between $ 750 to almost $6,800.