Hundreds of hosts booted from Airbnb after Toronto city audit, some for minor clerical errors
The City of Toronto confirmed a recent audit led to the delisting of 300 users and 700 listings from the home-sharing platform.
We should just ban serial short-term rentals from dedicated units. If people want to list their basement unit or their family cottage on AirBNB, fine. But this whole business of making apartment buildings and condo towers into unregulated hotels should come to an end.
Anyway, it’s fine, AirBNB is collapsing within cities - it’s investors are no longer willing to subsidize the platform, and its dedicated unit owners are not competing well against hotels (which compared to to a dedicated condo or apartment AirBNB, offer better quality of service often at a better price). Five years from now, I think AirBNB will more or less only be a thing in recreational properties. Which is fine, when we’re talking about properties like cottages, the platform is an improvement in service in the old systems of privately listing in a classified section or a website like Kijiji or FB Marketplace.
"It's like no notice, no recourse, totally capricious, guilty until proven innocent"
Won't someone please think of the poor property owners!
AirBnB is so 2013. Hotel prices have dropped and I get breakfast.
But the latest purge has left some legitimate Airbnb hosts like Jennifer Trant and Daniel Kaplan frustrated. Trant's Beaches apartment was delisted earlier this month and she said she was only able to get it back on the platform last week with the assistance of a city councillor.
~~Brad "AirBNB it!" BradBrad BradFord~~, are you fucking kidding me
I had no idea a Toronto city councillor can pull strings with AIRBNB, wow!
she said she was only able to get it back on the platform last week with the assistance of a city councillor.
Oh nooo.. anyway how is this even news. Airbnb is absolute cancer. I’d be happy to see it gone
Oh no! That’s horrible!! It would be such a shame if these spaces end up being rented to tenants who need housing instead /S
"Sometimes this is the difference between your unit being '2' as opposed to '02,'" he said. "Some of the very small, intricate differences can cause this audit to happen and it happens in a very clumsy way."
In December, the city warned Airbnb users that it would be auditing their registrations to ensure they matched the names and addresses exactly as provided by the home-sharing website. It said in a statement that its Airbnb audits are meant to help protect Toronto's rental stock.
Oh but if I left out a digit in my payment to the airbnb host, I'm sure they wouldn't consider it a minor difference.
What is up with the CBC's recent obsession with poor landlord and poor real estate speculator stories???? I mean read the room, Toronto has no love for its Airbnbs, and it's a big contributor to our housing crisis.