Richmond B.C. presses ahead with regulating Airbnb-like short-term rental services

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  • Brad Fortin

    I’m surprised there aren’t nearly as many people trying to defend Airbnb as there were defending Uber, considering the circumstances are largely the same.

    • southerndinner

      If hotels had smelly employees who couldn’t speak English, terrible customer service, weren’t available when you needed them the most, and actively blocked traffic to protest competition, then maybe we could be having that conversation. The hotel industry probably has some earned poor will among people as a whole but it’s nothing like the taxi industry/cartel.

    • Brad Fortin

      “If hotels had smelly employees who couldn’t speak English, terrible customer service, weren’t available when you needed them the most”

      Sounds like most hotels so far…

      “and actively blocked traffic to protest competition”

      Okay, haven’t seen that part, but the rest seems common enough.

      There’s no hotel cartels, but that’s probably because of the different ways permits work in each respective market. Many cities limit the number of taxis, driving up the value of the permits/plates to outrageous amounts (hundreds of thousands of dollars, in some cases), while hotels aren’t really subject to the same limits. Hotels are also allowed to set their own prices and compete with other nearby hotels, whereas I’m fairly certain taxis have to follow a set rate, which may increase angst toward taxis.

  • mwahahahaha

    They just want in on the action and earn some money from this. Anything where the people are free to profit is quickly stomped on.

    • hunkyleepickle

      Its more an issue of a massive amount of normally rental stock being used for short term rentals, thus making the vacancy rate effectively 0 for people who actually want to you know ‘live’ in these places, especially in the case of BC. But good on you for sticking up for a large private corporations like AirBnB and Uber, they need your help!

    • V Zaporozhets

      I’m pretty shure he is sticking for home owners, not corporations. Ownership implies ability to decide how to use your property. Home owners don’t owe anything to renters. If short term rentals bring more profit, than they should be free to choose that route.
      But thanks for sticking for large corporations that own hotels, they need your help.

  • MoYeung

    unfair, arbitrary or non-enforcement of city bylaws due to lack of city government resources