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Quebec government to legalize Airbnb

Co-founder of AirBnb Nathan Blecharczyk is pictured in a guesthouse in Havana, Cuba on June 24, 2015.
Co-founder of AirBnb Nathan Blecharczyk is pictured in a guesthouse in Havana, Cuba on June 24, 2015. . Desmond Boylan / Ap photo

MONTREAL – The government of Quebec has started the process of legalizing Airbnb-type rentals starting in the fall, according to Le Soleil.

The plan is to regulate taxation and increase the number of inspectors so people are less likely to rent out their homes illegally.

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Right now, there are two agents who take care of the entire province to track people who are breaking the rules.

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The government had come out last spring to say this needed to be fixed to uphold a certain rental standard.

The province’s Tourism Minister, Dominique Vien, is expected to table a bill that obliges people who want to rent rooms, apartments or houses to pay taxes and follow the same guidelines as the hotel industry.

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This, according to the minister, is because people who rent out their homes are acting in the same way as a hotel and should comply to industry regulations.

If the bill passes, Quebec will be the first province in Canada to legalize Airbnb style rentals.

*with files from the Canadian Press.

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