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BC Liberal candidate George Affleck voted against affordable housing, empty homes tax, Airbnb regulations and prioritizing presales for locals

George Affleck, the BC Liberal candidate for Vancouver-Fairview, voted against affordable housing, empty homes tax, Airbnb regulations, and prioritizing presales for local residents, the former Vancouver city councillor’s voting record shows. Affleck, who served as city councillor from 2011 to

Airbnb’s pivot from short-term to long-term stays runs into legal roadblock in Vancouver

By Lisa Tanh Airbnb’s pivot from short-term to long-term stays in Vancouver in the wake of COVID-19 could land both the hosts and the platform in legal trouble, and a city councillor has brought an urgent motion to get ahead

“No” – Government dismisses Airbnb request to bail out hosts in Canada with one word

“No.” That’s the Government of Canada’s one-word response to Airbnb’s request to bail out hosts who are struggling to survive amid cancellations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Member of Parliament for Spadina—Fort York Adam

Airbnb stops offering cash refunds for COVID-19 cancellations as platform cuts costs to survive pandemic

Airbnb is no longer offering full cash refunds for guests who have had to cancel their stay due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, as the short term rental platform takes drastic measures to survive travel slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Airbnb asks government to bail out hosts in Canada

Airbnb spent the last decade ruthlessly going after all levels of government to remove or water down housing rules that stand in the way of long term rental units being turned into irregular hotels. Airbnb hosts labelled government attempts to

COVID-19: Airbnb hosts selling properties as bookings vanish

Vancouver couple Sarah Gebauer and Yannick Jovan Simovic made good money short-term renting their basement suite and laneway house on Airbnb. But the couple’s property at 615 W 23rd Avenue is now on sale for $2.7 million as many short

Vancouver Airbnb hosts caught using fake licences

By Lisa Tanh Several local Airbnb hosts have been caught abusing the City of Vancouver’s new short-term rental bylaws. Concerned citizens took to Twitter to expose a number of hosts who are using one short-term rental business licence for multiple

Vancouver homeseller boasts of making $92,500 from Airbnb last year

By ThinkPol Staff A Vancouver home where the seller boasted of making $92,500 from Airbnb last year has sold for the asking price. “Owner on main, top and bottom run as AIRBNB $92,500 in 2017. Can be purchased with AIRBNB

Housing activist educating Vancouverites on Airbnb bylaws and how to report violators

By Lisa Tanh Many Vancouverites are still unaware of the City of Vancouver’s new short-term rental bylaws and how to properly report violations, says a local housing activist. Ulrike Rodrigues, an East Vancouver resident, said she’s been receiving several messages

Vancouver Airbnb bylaw loophole threatens rental stock

By Lisa Tanh A loophole in the City of Vancouver’s new short-term rental bylaw could wipe out a big chunk of the city’s secondary suite stock, according to a complaint by a concerned citizen. Ethan, a born and raised Vancouverite,