Suite-hotel units ignored
Bill 106 ignores the problems that residential condominiums have with
persons and companies buying residential condo units to use them as
short-term rental hotel rooms.
Most purchasers of condo units didn't think there would be a steady
stream of strangers flowing through their lobbies, using the amenities
and treating the common elements as if they were checking into a hotel.
This constant traffic of people and suitcases add to the wear and tear
of the common elements and adds to the security and maintenance costs.
Some of the newer condo declarations allow the owners to operate
suite-hotels in the residential units. The buyers are often not aware
that a "hotel room" may exist next to their new home.
While the condos that presently allow hotel suite operations in their
declarations may be grandfathered, this practice should be banned in
all future residential condominium corporations.
The new condo Act needs to ban suite-hotels in residential condominium
corporations. It also needs to insure that wherever short-term rentals
are allowed in existing condo declarations, this fact is clearly stated
in all status certificates.
While the board and the corporation's lawyer is figuring out how
best to handle short-term rentals, they can call Canada Revenue to say
that the unit is being used as a commercial enterprise and they can ask
if they should be adding HST to the unit's monthly common element