Tag Archives: airbnb

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

Head of neighbourhood coalition opposing Vancouver housing strategy accused of running illegal Airbnb

By ThinkPol Staff The head of a coalition of Vancouver neighbourhood groups opposing City of Vancouver’s recently unveiled housing strategy stands accused of running an illegal Airbnb operation. The City of Vancouver’s Housing Vancouver report[1]http://council.vancouver.ca/20171128/documents/rr1.pdf outlines a strategy for densifying

Airbnb neighbour damages your property? Insurance won’t help

By Lisa Tanh A freehold property owner in Vancouver claims Wawanesa Insurance will not cover damage incurred by neighbouring Airbnb operators. Last week, Shane Richardson, a freehold property owner in Vancouver, renewed his home insurance with Wawanesa Insurance, one of

Krishna’s report to the Council on short term rentals, Airbnb-commissioned report done by her former lobbying company show similarities

By ThinkPol Staff ThinkPol has obtained an unpublished report by Kaye Krishna’s former lobbying company that show similarities to the report the Vancouver official presented to the council on the impact of short term rentals. Vancouver’s General manager of Development,

Wanted: Rusty RV to run Airbnb outside Vancouver Mayor’s house

By Lisa Tanh A Vancouverite has put up a Craigslist ad for an RV or trailer to rent outside of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s house because they want him to understand how legalizing Airbnb hurts residents in the city. The

Pressure mounts on City of Vancouver’s Kaye Krishna to resign over Airbnb fiasco

By ThinkPol Staff Pressure is mounting on Kaye Krishna to stand down as the Vancouver official responsible for the Airbnb file. Critics allege that she has not done enough to crackdown on short term rentals mushrooming in a city grappling

Vancouver official denies Airbnb involvement, defends decision to stop taking Twitter complaints

By Lisa Tanh The head of Vancouver’s Development, Buildings, and Licensing department says tweeting about illegal short-term rentals in the city raises security and privacy issues. As of yesterday, the city of Vancouver’s VanConnect[1]http://vancouver.ca/vanconnect.aspx desktop and mobile app, added a