Airbnb quietly drops licence requirements for Vancouver listings

The agreement between City of Vancouver and Airbnb requires the platform to make the licence field mandatory for all listings. Airbnb deactivated all unlicensed listings last fall and for a while enforced this rule.

But our latest scan of Airbnb data show that Airbnb has quietly dropped this requirement. As a result we have seen new unlicensed listings cropping up over the last couple of weeks.

UnitNameHost IDMin Nights
28734496Incredible Yaletown Suite, Views +Parking1112177892
28912671Million Dollar Views in Downtown Vancouver610236663
28845287Simply Amazing Executive Condo in Downtown292714802
30592456Sunny Spacious Luxury Downtown Free Parking610237983
28582889BRIGHT DOWNTOWN CITY LIVING, SPECTACULAR VIEWS1187725372
29235436Fantastic 2 Bedroom includes Parking1110587412
24829213Traditional Room, 2 Double Beds, Balcony651867011
24829291Traditional Room, 2 Double Beds, Accessible, Balcony651867011
24828986Traditional Room, 1 King Bed , Balcony651867011
24829462King Suite with Kitchenette651867011
24829124Traditional Room, 1 Queen Bed, Balcony651867011
24829425One Queen Bed Interior651867011
24829349Corner King with Fridge and Microwave651867011
24829536Two Queen Beds Without a View651867011
24829257Traditional Room, 2 Queen Beds, Balcony651867011
29315160Beautiful Bright, Downtown City Living685845152
28736828The Skyview Suite in Downtown663566133
28580957Sunny Spacious Downtown Pool Hot Tub Gym Netflix495713022

To meaningfully protect our long term rental market from being decimated by Airbnb and other short term accommodation platforms, we must take the following steps:

To meaningfully protect our long term rental market from being decimated by Airbnb and other short term accommodation platforms, we must take the following steps:

  1. Introduce licence auto-verification, so, we can nip unlicensed units and licence cheats in the bud
  2. Introduce a tough new bylaw and agreements that hold platforms accountable for the hostsā€™ actions
  3. Make Airbnb fines lienable, so that the city can place liens against egregious violators who refuse to pay the fines

At the same time, the City should use fines collected from short term rental violators to help the Airbnb’s greatest victims: the renters.