September 22, 2016
Airbnb says its hosts are “regular people” sharing their homes with guests who get an “authentic” travel experience. But the carefully crafted image of the short-term rental company is anything but authentic, say its critics. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a social justice research agency, has now added its voice to those suggesting that Airbnb is promoting a disingenuous brand. In a study published Thursday, CCPA says the home “sharing” platform is reducing Toronto’s already constrained supply of rental housing, endangering the licensed hotel business and jeopardizing the character of some of the city’s prized neighbourhoods….