Critics say that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has inadvertently set the stage for a “burglar’s paradise” by creating an on-line registry of home-sharing listings as part of his plan to tax and regulate Airbnb, a host warned Thursday.
At issue is the city’s decision to create an on-line registry of home-sharing listings that require inclusion of the license number.
That has the potential to turn Airbnb into a convenient online listing of potential targets for burglars, complete with a calendar of when the home will be vacant and lavish pictures showing the merchandise available inside.
Would-be thieves could compare the addresses on the city’s registry to listings on Airbnb and other sites, and easily deduce which rentals are which, said Airbnb host Tracy Thirion. She called it a “burglar’s paradise” even though that was clearly not the mayor’s intention.
“I’m fine with a license. I’m okay with inspections, looking at my rental manual, checking my smoke detectors,” Thirion said.
“I’m not okay with having my name and address publicized on the advertising platform before we check people in. This is about people being basically cased online. I mean, some people even put floor plans of their units, showing where all the doors and window are.”
Post by Inanna (Shaun) on Jun 25, 2016 4:37:46 GMT
Thirion has been a lifesaver in this whole process, really active. In the hearing that happened last month she was there informing aldermen about what Airbnb was. They were handed legislation to vote on without having time to read it, not knowing what Airbnb was really. She was the one telling them what it was, causing many to ask for another month so that they could make an informed decision. (She said that when she asked the Airbnb community reps to join the meeting, they said "we were planning to go get mani pedis."
She has been updating and translating legalese into English on the Airbnb Chicago closed Facebook page. She must have spent a hundred hours. She is also the one who found this "burgler's paradise" back doors and brought it to the attention of everyone.