A friend of mine got busted by doing Airbnb illegally (and in Montreal). I was surprised because she seemed like a straight-up person, but the other condo owners in her building turned her over to the provincial tax people.
I hate to say this, but there is no way people in Quebec should be doing this illegally. (I reported my condo to the provincial authorities immediately.) Your argument about speeding doesn’t really make sense. I’ve been caught speeding and the fact is there is no “system” to it. That’s how the SQ want it–they want to keep Quebecers guessing, which means most of us will slow down when we know there’s a chance we’ll get caught.
Quebec Revenue bureaucrats are the last people you want scrutinizing your life. (For American readers, they are like the IRS before things started getting fixed there.) I had a tax problem, not of my making, but of the office paying me, and the tax people went after me as though I were a criminal. So I can just imagine what they do with the real ones. They will do audits and flag your tax account for years! My friend was really, really upset that her neighbours turned her in, but honestly, she should have met them halfway. I have offered my place at a cut-rate price for people in the building…not on an ongoing basis, but occasionally as a way of keeping the situation sweet. I also don’t offer the building’s amenities to guests because I think the gym and the deck and the hot tub should remain private and for owners only.
Another problem is that renters themselves are renting out rooms on Airbnb. If a tenant of mine did that, I would throw them out. Sorry, but you have rented my space to live in, not to profit from. The landlords are the ones on the hook if things go pear-shaped. If a building burns and there are fatalities, are the persons harmed going to sue the original tenant, who is probably renting because he/she can’t afford to own, or the person with the assets, the owner the building him or herself?
I probably shouldn’t criticize, but there are people in Montreal who rent out one bedrooms, in high rises, furnish them all the same–they all seem to be IKEA clones (you can tell by the repetitive furniture and artwork)–and then manage 6 or 7 as a way of making a living. The comments reflect the fact that the guests never actually meet these managers. The units are just left open, with the keys inside, and the guests take it from there.
A couple stayed with me last week and they had this experience in Toronto. By contrast, I met them at the metro (they seemed a bit anxious about finding me) and then talked to them about the city, gave them ideas about where to go and what to do. We’ve made arrangements to possibly swap homes in the future, since they loved Montreal so much. They actually complained about their Toronto experience because they said they felt adrift, which I totally get.
I know that these people are allowed to manage multiple units, but it seems to me it defeats the purpose of Airbnb. (They also undercut on price, which is annoying.) Airbnb was supposed to be a place where you could rent from real people who live and know the area. That’s the whole idea behind the “sharing” economy. But now there are companies doing this–renting out multiple units–and making them look exactly like hotel rooms. I mean, I suppose if the market is there they have a right to pursue it, but really, this wouldn’t be an experience I would want. I would just book a hotel instead.
I’ve booked two Airbnb places for the coming Christmas holidays and I’m interested in how the experience is going to go. One place looks genuine, but the other looks like it comes from a multiple manager. (I only booked because I need a place to transit for one day.) The multiple manager got back to me immediately and told me I needed to come at a particular time since he was sure he would be celebrating the holidays on the beach on the two days (coming and going) that I booked. Not exactly hospitality central.
Oh well, apologies for the long rant…but I agree with the posters on this thread. You should always go legal.