Illegal hotels booming in Montreal; tenants subletting their homes

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.

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  1. Eric posted on 08/06/2014 10:03 AM
    Ridiculous, just more fees for greedy govt. It's my home and I'll do whatever I want with it. Period.
  2. clint posted on 08/06/2014 10:28 AM
    Sniff ! ...Now I have to tell my mother-in-law she can't come visit me anymore.
    I've been telling her for years this place is not a hotel.
  3. Jean-Sebastien posted on 08/06/2014 09:42 PM
    I need more precisions to have an opinion on this. Does this mean that hosting a couch-surfer is illegal in Quebec?
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