One point of it that has hosts up in arms is that we will be required to post our license number on our profile. It will be accessible to everyone, not just confirmed reservations. Because the number is a matter of public record, there is a potential for people to look up the number to find the exact name and address of the host, thus erasing the protective anonymity we have enjoyed. Furthermore, a savvy criminal could also have a look at the calendar for entire home listings, and know the address and see when people would and would not be likely to be there.
People like me, who have live in a traditional two or three flat, can only rent one floor.
In a large apartment building, only a certain amount of licenses will be given out.
Post by High Priestess on Jun 22, 2016 22:19:27 GMT
Sorry to hear that about the license number, Shaun. That is something that has been proposed in other cities, and hosts have argued against it for some of the very reasons you mention. Armed with a business license number anyone can find out the name and address of a host and show up at their doorstep. Also it was argued that this in combination with the calendar, showing days when the host may be away (if it is an entire unit place that host rents out while away) as well as photos of the inside of the house showing what is inside the house, puts the host in a very vulnerable position. It just seems unfair and wrong to me to REQUIRE the host's private information to be so public and exposed.