When people run illegal businesses out of their residential units,
there are more losers than you think.
When businesses are run out of residential units, the city loses the
difference in taxes that a residential unit pays compared to a
Sooner or later, the Toronto hotel industry will wake up to the
competition they are now facing from transient hotel-styled suites in
many of our condominium towers. (They started to in the summer of 2016.)
If hotels layoff staff due to the suite hotels, we will all will be
There are mortgage brokers, tattoo parlors, lawyers, places of worship, day cares and cleaning companies
operating out of residential units while there may be empty retail units on
the ground floor that have never been occupied.
They are the big losers. Over-crowded units means that all the other
owners are paying for extra water and garbage removal costs. There is
extra wear and tear on the lobby, elevators, amenities and the
hallways plus increased security and cleaning costs need to be paid
equally by all the owners so this is an direct subsidy from them to the
owners of the overcrowded units.
business create extra costs. Hair stylists plug drains with human hair
and hair-dye products. Illegal drug labs can cause partial building evacuations
or may blowup part of the building. Sex workers bring strangers into
fight against transient rentals
Resident-owners, and long-term renters in condos get upset when they
see that their homes are being used as inexpensive hotels. They feel
that their security, privacy and the value of their investments are
They also felt that the recreational facilities are less enjoyable when
they encounter a steady stream of strangers and that the
occupants treat the facilities as if they are staying in a hotel. That
is a loss of enjoyment of the common elements that was a major
reason they bought their units.
owners in the newer condominium corporations are not aware that their
declarations allow for short-term rentals, boarders and roomers and they don't
realize that the developer has a subsidiary renting
condo units as short-term hotel rooms in their building.
Wear and tear
The transient renters have no interest in the long-term upkeep,
maintenance and repair of the building. They don't know the rules and
they have no vested interest, as do owners and long-term residents, in
abiding by them. There can be issues with late-night partying, noise,
litter and increased wear and tear on the common elements.
Charles Hanes, a prominent Toronto condo Realtor stated on his blog:
rather disconcerting flash point that I've come across in Mississauga
is what I see as an abnormal number of short term rental units in
condos. In Tridel's Ovation condos, a four-tower development on
Burnhamthorpe, for example short term rentals seem to have taken
If I was an owner in one of these towers I would be upset to say the