A gunshot blast in an otherwise quiet section of Toronto recently summoned tactical officers to break up a rowdy party. Once on the scene, police discovered weapons, crack cocaine, and occupants who gained access via Airbnb. According to a news report, the walls were damaged, along with some of the doors and furniture. The person who had secured the rental through Airbnb was not there. In this case, it was the homeowners who opened up their property to vacation renters, but this story has renewed the controversy over short-term rentals within the city, something Toronto lawmakers have vowed to regulate. One important protection they want to include is making sure that tenants seek their landlords’ consent before hosting visitors in a rental property. Toronto is not alone in studying the impacts of short-term rentals. Vancouver may limit such arrangements through a permitting process, and New York City has regulated the..
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