The City of London is working on a strategy to address short term accommodations in London.

As part of this process, a review of short term property rentals is being undertaken to determine the need for local by-laws to address the impact on amenities, character and stability of a neighbourhood.

To build the strategy, we're seeking input from Londoners, including short term accommodation users and property owners.

Please provide your feedback by completing the survey below. Your input will help assist us in determining what regulations should be in place.


What is a Short Term Rental?

The term "short-term rental" has been used to describe the use of all of part of a dwelling unit for sleeping and lodging accommodations for a short period of time. Traditionally, hotels, motels, hostels and bed & breakfasts only offered these services. Short-term rentals now occur in a variety of dwelling types including: detached houses, townhouses, and apartment buildings. Short-term rentals are operated by owner occupants, tenants, property investors and management companies.

Short term rentals are often listed on internet platforms such as Airbnb, Homeaway, Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), Craigslist and Kijiji.

There are a variety of examples of short term rental categories:

  • Owner occupied residence - owner/occupant present during rental. (e.g. spare bedroom rental)
  • Tenant occupied residence - tenant present during rental. (e.g. spare bedroom rental)
  • Owner occupied residence - owner/occupant not present during rental. (e.g. owner rents entire home while away on a longer vacation)
  • Tenant occupied residence - tenant not present during rental. (e.g. tenant rents entire home for while away on vacation)
  • Investment property - A person purchases a dwelling unit and only rents it out for short periods sometimes using a property management agency

A number of municipalities have taken steps to regulate short term rentals to address housing, nuisance and community issues.


Short Term Rental Survey

Please select your current housing situation.
Which of the following statements best describes your personal experience with short-term rentals? Please select all that apply.
Who should be allowed to offer units on the short term rental market? Please select all that apply.
What type of space should be allowed for short term rentals? Please select all that apply.

Please rate each of the following potential short-term rental related issues and how important these are to you.

Noise:
Parking:
Traffic:
Garbage and debris:
General property maintenance:
Impact on property values:
Privacy:
Personal safety:
Loss of rental units:
Should City Council consider adopting a by-law regulating short term rentals?
If you answered yes to the question above, which of the following should the by-law regulations address? Please select all that apply.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.