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Vancouver mourns death of housing advocate Ulrike Rodrigues

Vancouver housing advocate Ulrike Rodrigues, who fought to stop Airbnb and other short-term rentals platforms displacing renters, has died at the age of 59 from neurological complications, her family announced today. Rodrigues, who founded the “Homes not Hotels” movement in

Big chunk of Airbnb revenue comes from illegal activities, regulator hears ahead of IPO

By Sean Bennett A ‘substantial portion’ of Airbnb’s annual revenue comes from facilitating illegal rentals, according to an open letter delivered to the regulator in September ahead of the short-term rental platform going public on the stock market. A collection

Airbnb asked Canada for a bailout. Canada slapped Airbnb with a tax.

It’s about to get a lot more expensive to stay at short-term rentals in Canada as Ottawa announced a new tax on Airbnb and other short-term accommodation platforms. “In order to ensure that the GST/HST applies consistently and effectively with

Airbnb operator flouts health orders as neighbours cry foul over City of Vancouver’s inaction

By Sean Bennett Residents of a Vancouver residential neighbourhood are expressing their anger and frustration at City of Vancouver’s failure to shut down a popular vacation rental operated through Airbnb and other platforms continues to violate COVID-19 public health orders.

City of Vancouver appoints scofflaw Airbnb host to monitor short-term rental regulations

The City of Vancouver has appointed a scofflaw Airbnb host to the the City’s Short-Term Rental Working Group set up to “monitor the effectiveness and impact” of the City’s short-term rental regulations. The City today published the names of the

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