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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

Vancouver twitter account targets ‘rogue’ realtors

By ThinkPol Staff Inspired by Vancouver’s Airbnb-fighting Twitter user VISTRO, a social media account has started naming and shaming realtors who appear to breaching industry regulations. BrettdrC[1]https://twitter.com/brettdrc is outing realtors who are running Airbnb hotels in Vancouver in breach of

Spooked by VISTRO, Vancouver hosts ditch Airbnb

Spooked by an Airbnb-fighting Twitter account, Vancouver’s hosts are taking their listings off the short term rental platform. VISTRO, which stands for Vancouver’s Illegal Short Term Rental Operators, has so far reported approximate 50 Airbnb units to the City of Vancouver.

Airbnb will grow 5x in Vancouver if legalized, CFP warns

By Lisa Tanh Vancouver will go from 6,000 to 30,000 Airbnb units if the city legalizes the service impacting affordable rents for long-term housing says a certified financial planner. Last Tuesday, the city hosted a public hearing on regulating short-term

Vigilante Twitter account outs Airbnb addresses, reports them to City and CRA

By Will Young, with files from Amy Chen VANCOUVER, BC — A vigilante Twitter account is identifying the street addresses of units listed on Airbnb and reporting them to the City of Vancouver and the Canada Revenue Agency. The Twitter

3 in 4 Vancouver Airbnb units run by commercial hosts

By Amy Chen Three in four Airbnb units available in Vancouver are operated by commercial hosts, an analysis of the platform’s listings show. An analysis of 416 randomly extracted listings showed that 317 of them belonged to hosts who were

Westbank pre-sold nearly 1 in 4 Kensington Garden condos — heavily marketed overseas — to flippers

By Amy Chen Prominent Vancouver property developer Westbank pre-sold nearly a quarter of all units of its Kensington Garden project — aggressively marketed in Hong Kong — to flippers, according to documents sent to ThinkPol. An industry insider sent ThinkPol

Vancouver nightlife: Survivors share stories of rape, insiders decry “dark cloud” of sexual violence

By Will Young Survivors of sexual assault carried out by leading figures in Vancouver’s nightlife scene are sharing their stories and insiders are speaking out against a “dark cloud” of sexual violence hanging over the industry. A number of survivors

Prominent Vancouverites may be breaking the law running illegal Airbnb operations

A doctor, an engineer and a professor are among the prominent Vancouverites who appear to be breaking the law by running short term rentals on Airbnb. While short term rentals are illegal under Vancouver’s by-laws, lax enforcement has seen them grow

Vancouver nightclub sued over rape, destroying evidence

By Will Young A Kamloops, BC woman who says she was drugged and brutally raped at Vancouver’s Twelve West nightclub sued the business Thursday for negligence and destroying evidence of the incident. (ThinkPol does not identify victims of sexual assault