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Does the Act Respecting Tourist Accommodation Establishments apply to rentals with Sinistar?

No. The Act Respecting Tourist Accommodation Establishments only applies to tourist accommodations.

The Act defines “tourist” as follows:

“a person who takes a leisure or business trip, or a trip to carry out remunerated work, of not less than one night nor more than one year outside the municipality where the person’s place of residence is located and who uses private or commercial accommodation services.”

Therefore, damage victims are not tourists under the meaning of the Law. This means that, as a Sinistar host, you do not need to:

  • apply for a classification certificate and establishment number
  • collect the tax on lodging (not to be confused with the GST and the QST - i.e., sales taxes)

This applies even to stays of less than 31 days.

Important

If you also host tourists, you must comply with the Law. In this case, know your obligations.