Thousands of inspections were carried out last year at tourist accommodation establishments, resulting in fines totaling nearly $ 600,000.
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According to Revenu Québec, 5,629 inspections were carried out from April 1, 2020 to March 31, to ensure compliance with the rules regarding tourist accommodation, particularly for short-term rentals.
Revenu Quebec said Thursday that it had processed 858 criminal offenses and issued fines totaling $ 598,677 following inspections. The majority of visits, however, resulted in simple warnings.
The ministry recalled in a press release that any person who offers for rent his main place of residence must, since May 1, 2020, obtain a classification certificate in the form of a written notice and an establishment number, which are issued by the Corporation of the tourist industry of Quebec (CITQ). The number must appear in all rental advertisements. Fines ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 20,000 are provided for in the law.
In 2019-2020, 4,535 inspections had been carried out, resulting in 174 fines totaling more than $ 206,000.