A Vancouver data analyst expects at least half of the city’s current Airbnb listings to disappear between today and tomorrow because of a City of Vancouver deadline over valid business licences. He found that of 4,700 active listings, 2,432 did not have a valid business license.
According to a memo between the City of Vancouver and Airbnb, the short-term rental platform has agreed to delete all listings that do not have a license number after today.
Airbnb has also committed to share the names and contact information of its “hosts” with the city so bylaw officers can enforce new bylaws intended to both allow and regulate short-term rentals....Properties being rented out for 30 days or more are considered long-term rentals, and are not required to have a business license ...
Another big mistake. AIrbnb should not have agreed to share private data about its hosts with the government.