Ville-Marie places heavy restrictions on home-sharing services

Montreal's central borough of Ville-Marie has enacted restrictive new limits on short-term home-sharing rental services like Airbnb.  The borough has decided to restrict rental units exclusively to Sainte-Catherine Street, between Saint-Mathieu Street and Amherst Street.

The motion passed last night at a meeting of the borough council, to mixed reactions.  Some downtown residents expressed relief amid concerns the city's inner neighbourhoods are becoming too saturated with short-term rentals.

Some said that the explosion of units in buildings like Tour des Canadiens needs to be reined in.

Real Carbonneau put his home on the website and had a bad experience. “We woke up the next morning and there was puke on the wall, puke on the carpet, the door was open the guys were passed out everywhere, looked like a bag of coke on the floor," he said to CTV.

Scott Laws, meanwhile, disagreed, saying that though updated regulations were needed, what the borough adopted was too restrictive. “They’re basically telling me who I can and can’t rent to," he told CTV.

MNAs in Quebec City will be voting on new legislation to regulate home-sharing services provincewide by the end of this week.