Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Limit Short-Term Rentals, Screen All Drivers Says New Sharing Economy Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Limit Short-Term Rentals, Screen All Drivers Says New Sharing Economy Report

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Report suggests rules for sharing economy

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TORONTO - A new report on the sharing economy suggests governments should screen drivers on platforms such as Uber and limit what kinds of homes can be rented on sites like Airbnb.

In creating the report, research group MaRS Solutions Lab interviewed more than 136 people including taxi drivers, uberX drivers, hotel managers and Airbnb hosts.

Officials from the Ontario and Toronto governments also contributed to the report.

The report makes a series of recommendations for how to effectively regulate the sharing economy.

One of the recommendations says residents should only be allowed to rent out their primary residences -- and not secondary or commercial residences -- on home-sharing websites like Airbnb for a maximum of 180 days a year. …

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