Spooked by VISTRO, Vancouver hosts ditch Airbnb

By Will Young

Spooked by an Airbnb-fighting Twitter account, Vancouver’s hosts are taking their listings off the short term rental platform.

VISTRO[1]https://twitter.com/VISTRO11, which stands for Vancouver’s Illegal Short Term Rental Operators, has so far reported approximate 50 Airbnb units to the City of Vancouver.

The City has responded with case a number for nearly half of the reports.

ThinkPol found that at least seven of the hosts reported by VISTRO have gone on to take their listings down.

Until today, City’s social media team has been inconsistent with accepting VISTRO’s reports of illegal Airbnb hotels over Twitter.

But Cathy Chan, the staff operating the @CityofVancouver Twitter handle today, recorded everyone single one of VISTRO’s complaints.

“We’re glad to hear that we’ve made a positive impact doing the job that the City of Vancouver should be doing,” VISTRO told ThinkPol. “The Mayor and the Council, other than Councillor Carr, have allowed a multi-billion dollar foreign company to tear our communities apart and should be booted out next year.”

“We’d also like to thank City of Vancouver social media team member Cathy Chan for diligently recording our reports,” VISTRO added. “She has done more for our great city in a day than the Mayor has done in eight years of office.”

“Vancouverites are uniting to protect our communities by resisting Airbnb’s ruthless advance,” VISTRO concluded. “We’ll set an example to the world on how neighbours can come together to defeat multi-billion dollar corporate greed.”

The City of Vancouver held a public hearing over two days last week on a new bylaw that would legalize and regulate AirBNB and other short term rental operations, which are currently illegal in the city[2]http://council.vancouver.ca/20171024/phea20171024ag.htm

Around a 100 people spoke on the proposed by-law, under which short term rental operators would be required to obtain a licence before marketing their units, and only offer such accommodations in their principle residence[3]http://council.vancouver.ca/20171024/documents/phea1-by-law-amendlicenseby-law.pdf.

VISTRO vehemently opposes the new bylaws.

“It’s reckless and irresponsible to legalize short term rentals and allow Airbnb to take away even more of the rental stock when we’re in the midst of a housing crisis,” VISTRO said. “But it seems the Mayor and the Council, who seem to lack even a semblance of a conscience, would rather listen to Airbnb than to the people who elected them.”

The Vancouver City Council will debate the motion again on November 14.

[Photo Credit: FIVRE604/Twitter, used with permission]

References   [ + ]

1. https://twitter.com/VISTRO11
2. http://council.vancouver.ca/20171024/phea20171024ag.htm
3. http://council.vancouver.ca/20171024/documents/phea1-by-law-amendlicenseby-law.pdf

8 Responses to Spooked by VISTRO, Vancouver hosts ditch Airbnb

  1. Realtors 'r' Crooks says:

    This will be massive. Many overleveraged homeowners will go under without Airbnb income, triggering a domino collapse.

  2. russ says:

    Thank you Vistro!

  3. canali says:

    Good ole vision van and Gregor…as useless as tits on a bull.

  4. David says:

    Oh yeah, won’t someone think of the homeowners. Blow it out your collective asses. Short-term rentals are *illegal*. The average cost for a 1 bedroom rental in Vancouver is $2,000/month. Can’t make ends meet with that kind of income? Maybe you shouldn’t have taken on the debt. I haven’t seen interest rates rise, so what’s your excuse?

  5. RathdrumGal says:

    This is an example of the poor turning on its own, while virtue signalling to the local city government. The average AirBnB owner is not rich — hell, they are taking strangers into their homes in an attempt to make a little cash. The average person who stays at an Airbnb is not rich — they would prefer to stay in the privacy and increased comfort of a hotel if that were an affordable option. Why doesn’t ThinkPol investigate the economic underpinnings of WHY housing is so expensive in Vancouver.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thankfully there are plenty of people looking to rent those places full time. Lots of options for these poor, down and out homeowners.

  6. brad shaw says:

    this is more sad than anything. as those who are caught up in this could be victims too. many vancouverites are paying a high percentage of their income on housing – rent or mortgage. and your position as a ‘homeowner’ is in fee simple only.
    a bird in a gilded cage is still a prisoner

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