Richmond Hill Considers Regulating Short-Term Rental Accommodations

I am pleased that Richmond Hill is moving forward on exploring options to regulate short-term rental accommodations. We are seeking your input through an online survey.
Short-term rental accommodation occurs when private individuals rent out their house or part of a house, condominium or apartment, such as a room, for short periods of time (generally 30 days or less). This is often handled through platforms like Airbnb, VRBO and that act as host sites for coordinating short-term rental accommodations.
Currently, the City’s Official Plan and zoning by-laws do not specifically address short-term rental accommodations, nor are they regulated by a licensing regime. The City occasionally receives concerns from residents about short-term rentals with respect to noise, parking and property standards. We are now looking at options to address these concerns.
Tell us what you think. Richmond Hill residents are encouraged to complete a short, online survey about if, and how, short-term accommodations should be zoned. The survey is available at and runs until November 18, 2020.