Specialized websites make it easy to rent a room, apartment or home to travellers. But be careful! In Quebec, there are rules, no matter which website you use. This article explains the basic rules, and refers you to other sources of information.
Renting to Travellers: Sometimes, Often …?
If you only rent "occasionally", there are not too many rules to follow.
The law does not define "occasionally." But Tourism Québec gives some examples:
- renting a country house during school break week
- renting your house every year during an annual festival
If you rent regularly, you must get a tourist lodging permit (website in French only). Renting a room every weekend is an example of renting regularly.
Tourism Quebec has a pamphlet (in French only) with more examples of what it means to rent occasionally versus regularly.
Other People Affected?
Before posting an ad online, speak to other people who might be affected. This could include your landlord, the board of your condo complex, your insurance company, neighbours and relatives.
Tenants: Speak to Your Landlords
Renting to travellers could be considered a sublet or a commercial activity.
Co-Ownership: Renting Not Always Allowed
Check with the board of your condo complex. There might be rules about renting.
Want to learn more? See the website lacopriété.info (in French only).
Different Insurance Companies, Different Rules
Your insurance policy might not cover you if you rent to travellers.
Careful! It's best to be honest: your insurance company might refuse a claim if you didn't tell it you were renting.
Neighbours, Roommates, Relatives…..
Constant coming and going at your place could disturb the neighbours. Learn about the rules between neighbours to make sure you don't ruffle any feathers!
Report Income and Collect Taxes
Every year, you must report rental income like you would any other income. Depending on your situation, you might also have to collect GST, Quebec sales tax and the lodging tax, and pay these taxes to the government.
For more information, visit the Revenu Québec website.