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Vancouver father battles Airbnb, questions city’s plan to pour $46 million into building affordable housing while doing little to crack down on short term rentals

By Drew Penner Brette Mullins is a father who’s had to look at switching jobs in order to provide better housing for his family. And then there are the menacing attacks. “I get threatening emails once and awhile,” he said,

Vancouver police not keen to crack down on Airbnb pop-up brothels

By Drew Penner For those of us raised on school films that took us through skid row, and fictional mayor Dominic Da Vinci’s introduction of a red-light district on CBC, we realize Vancouver’s a city with unique problems requiring innovative

Massive commercial operators continue to run illegal Airbnb hotels in Vancouver despite City of Vancouver’s “crack down”

Suite Living, who claim to be one of the largest furnished rental companies in Vancouver, has been promoting multiple STRs in Vancouver and Richmond through their website and Airbnb. Currently, it remains illegal to run STRs for less than 30

Vancouver vigilante tells illegal Airbnb operators to stop being “social parasites,” gets results

By ThinkPol Staff A Vancouver vigilante who sends private messages to illegal Airbnb operators in the city asking them to stop being “social parasites” has convinced at least one such host to put a unit back on the long term

Airbnb profile linked to Empty Homes Tax dodging scheme disappears as advocates pile on the pressure

By Drew Penner Affordable housing advocates are up in arms about a businesses they worry is harnessing the power of what they consider two of the Vancouver’s greatest woes – investment properties sitting empty and the rise of short-term vacation

Vancouver investor buying up properties to run illegal Airbnb hotels

By ThinkPol Staff A Vancouver-based real estate investor is buying up properties in the city and turning them into illegal Airbnb hotels, even as the city grapples with a worsening housing crisis. An internet detective uncovered how the woman, who

Vancouverites urged to occupy Airbnb units and demand tenancy rights

By ThinkPol Staff Citing lack of action by the City of Vancouver in cracking down on illegal short term rental in the city, housing rights activists are urging Vancouverites to take matters into their own hands by occupying Airbnb units

VISTRO-reported Airbnb listings are disappearing, but who’s behind their removal?

By Nick Valka At least 19 illegal Vancouver Airbnb listings have been taken down after being reported by VISTRO, but the question remains as to who is actually removing them. Vancouver’s Illegal Short Term Rental Operators, known as VISTRO[1]https://twitter.com/vistro11 on

Realtor boasts of entire triplex being run as Airbnb

By ThinkPol Staff A realtor listing an East Vancouver triplex for sale is boasting that the entire property is being run as an Airbnb hotel, which is a violation of Vancouver bylaws. An industry insider sent ThinkPol the Multiple Listing

Airbnb denies responsibility for hosts’ lawbreaking while hiding data to shield lawbreakers – law prof

By ThinkPol Staff Airbnb and other short term rental platforms refuse to accept responsibility for unlawful actions by their hosts while at the same time shielding the lawbreakers against any meaningful law enforcement by making data impossible to obtain, a