July 26, 2016
With growing threats of regulation in cities across Canada, Airbnb says it’s open to some restrictions tailored to tight rental markets like Vancouver’s, including banning hosts from using the popular online platform to run a business renting out multiple units. Airbnb has hired Alexandra Dagg, a former union organizer and one of the lead negotiators for the National Hockey League Players’ Association during the 2012 lockout, to lobby governments across Canada in an effort to get ahead of the growing movement to regulate, restrict and tax the service. She said a shifting approach with each city could mean the company might agree to outlaw those “professional” Vancouver hosts renting out multiple units listed on the site. A company report released earlier this month said 13 per cent of entire home listings in Vancouver last year were operated by hosts with four or more listings, with Airbnb saying some of these are boutique hotels….
Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/airbnb-open-to-market-regulations-in-large-cities-like-vancouver/article31093303/