Airbnb about to be legalized in Quebec

airbnb-permet-louer-chambre-appartement(Quebec) The Quebec government will begin the process of legalization of the type of accommodation Airbnb fall. However, he will receive the tax revenues and increase the number of inspectors on the ground, especially to counter the illegal accommodation that persist.

This is at least a few lines of the bill that will be tabled by the Minister of Tourism, Dominique Vien, a few weeks after the opening of Parliament.

“It’s a type of supervision that will be something unique in the world,” a source told the Sun, adding that no qu’Airbnb that allows to make reservations online. “This is not to tax more the citizen is simply to make the situation more equitable. Airbnb is a wonderful platform for visibility, but we had to regulate it. We can not fight against, we must learn to work with, “he adds.

The Quebec government reiterated last spring his intention to make things happen in the illegal hosting package. He said he wanted including requiring people who rent a room or apartment to pay taxes and be subject to the same regulations as those that apply to the hospitality industry.

Ms. Vien also stated in April that it was important that people “who are in a commercial logic at the accommodation can contribute in the same way that the hoteliers to all laws and Regulations of Quebec “.

The new law will not apply to “a person who rents his apartment for a weekend in the year, a second source tells the Sun. But rather a person or company who buys a place to rent long week, month or year. It becomes a trade and a hotel. The current law is outdated. They must be on the same footing as a hotel as providers to society. This means hosting fees, GST and PST … ”

More inspectors

According to our information, the number of inspectors in the field will also increase in order to catch the culprits owners. For now, only two officers are stationed to serve all of Quebec. Indeed it was not until 2014, three years after the amendment of the tourist accommodation establishments Act, the state has finally recovered a sum with a fine for the illegal hosting …

In addition to track down offenders, agents will also have the mandate to ensure a certain “norm” in accommodation. “There will be a form of recognition, certification to be recognized as a web host,” stated our source.

The president of the Hospitality Association Quebec (AHQ), Xavier Gret, and the president of the Hotel Association of the Quebec region (AHRQ), Michelle Dore, have not been able to confirm our information.

“There are many positive for hoteliers is coming” simply commented Mr. Gret, not wanting to be more specific. “I can not say anything, but I know that something is coming. I trust the current government “, for his part, said Ms. Doré. The AHQ and AHRQ have 500 and 111 members respectively.

Regarding the Minister Vien, it emphasizes work even on the project. “We will not move forward on what it will contain, but the file travels well,” says Cynthia St. Hilaire, Press Secretary of the Minister of Tourism. “Our intention, in the fall, is to come up with solutions.”

In June, one of the founders of Airbnb had claimed to be open to new regulations proposed by Quebec. “Regulated To be is to be recognized, then we look forward to the new policy,” Nathan Blecharczyk had confided in an interview with The Canadian Press. The businessman had confirmed that negotiations had been held with Quebec and with the government of Ontario.

Quebec becomes the first province in Canada to tax the Airbnb platform. Several new should take place by the Assizes of Tourism, to be held on 26 and 27 October in Québec.

New Feature

In early July, Airbnb sent a letter to all its members worldwide. The company, headquartered in San Francisco, claims to have updated its terms and conditions and privacy policy.

In the letter, which The Sun obtained a copy, Airbnb now offers guests a function to tax consumers. It is stipulated that “customers allow us to provide new functionality in some jurisdictions to allow hosts to add the local taxes to invoices from their homes. Those who choose this option can charge these taxes by the traveler to take care of their payment to the tax administration. If you host and you regarding this feature, we take care to warn you if we launch this feature in your jurisdiction. ”

New function to add taxes
In early July, Airbnb sent a letter to all its members worldwide. The company, headquartered in San Francisco, claims to have updated its terms and conditions and privacy policy. In the letter, which The Sun obtained a copy, Airbnb now offers guests a function to tax consumers. It is stipulated that “customers allow us to provide new functionality in some jurisdictions to allow hosts to add the local taxes to invoices from their homes. Those who choose this option can charge these taxes by the traveler to take care of their payment to the tax administration. If you host and you regarding this feature, we take care to warn you if we launch this feature in your jurisdiction. ”

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