City attacks key boxes for illegal Airbnb


Public works will cut locked boxes on street furniture

The City of Montreal has just added a weapon in its fight against the illegal exploitation of Airbnb type deposits. The key boxes installed on the street furniture will now be removed by municipal employees.

In the downtown area and Plateau-Mont-Royal, more and more key boxes, closed with a numeric code, are found on parking meter posts or bike racks.

According to Councilor Richard Ryan, these are used by guests of illegal tourist residences who wish to remain anonymous.

“It’s an extraordinary system because the intermediary does not have to move. He can be anywhere and manage his apartments from a distance, explains the person in charge of the file of the residences of tourism in the administration of the mayor Valérie Plante. And as a good part of the tourist residences are handled illegally, the fact of installing [the box] on the public domain is very convenient to remain confidential. This is not connected to an apartment number or an address. ”


The elected Mile End notices news almost every step in his neighborhood.

“There is really a phenomenon. We see a lot on arteries like Saint-Laurent, Mont-Royal and Parc. But it’s even more of a problem in Ville-Marie than in the Plateau, “adds Richard Ryan.

Mr. Ryan is now recording the location and asking municipal employees to cut it. “If you do not have permission, it’s illegal, so we’ll take it off and it ends there,” he says.

In a Facebook publication, the city councilor even asked citizens to tell him the keychains.

“One can suspect that people who are making keychains are not people who rent their own homes during their two weeks of vacation,” adds Richard Ryan.

For the past six months, it has been Revenu Québec, and no longer the Ministry of Tourism, which is responsible for enforcing the law on tourist residences.

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