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NSW STATE MP CLAIMS: “SOMETHING’S ROTTEN WITH AIRBNB DELAYS”

On 24 May 2018, State Labor MP Stephen Kamper spoke in Parliament. His constituents wanted to know why Government, which was happy to wipe out the taxi industry overnight through the introduction of Uber, had been entirely unwilling to make a decision on so-called ‘home sharing’. Kamper provided copy to the Sydney Morning Herald - published 05/06/18. Kamper was firmly on the side of the disrupter, Airbnb. Was the SMH under pressure from a high-powered Airbnb delegation to publish his article? The Hon Member for Rockdale, Steve Kamper argued that influential lobby groups had been actively fighting reforms on behalf of major hotel chains. What Kamper failed to mention to the Parliament or

CITY OF SYDNEY – AIRBNB MASTERCLASS

While the City of Sydney’s senior Legal staff are not permitted to discuss zoning violations with ratepayers, and Councillors fail to acknowledge correspondence seeking aid, City of Sydney Council, reportedly part of Airbnb’s “most penetrated market in the world”, is promoting Master Classes for would be short-term rental millionaires. Residential landlords looking to engage in the “Illegal Use of Premises” by emptying homes of tenants and running unlawful hotels can join Million Dollar Host Julie George from Host My Home, Charmaine Smith who, having reportedly sold over $350 million dollars worth of Sydney’s finest real estate, will inspire and inform on being Airbnb ready for retirement, a

AIRBNB FOR CRIMINALS

According to yesterday’s SMH, criminals are increasingly using Airbnb rentals to camouflage drug dealing. Three recent NSW Crime Commission investigations involved courier companies delivering drugs to Sydney Airbnb rentals. Meanwhile in the US, Senators are calling for answers after allegations of nationwide fraud on the platform. Here is the US Senator’s letter. If the US Congress can ask Airbnb to share data on their illegal listings, Members of our Parliaments must insist on no less. Cities such as Tokyo and Paris have implemented stringent controls on Airbnb in order to protect their housing stock and residents. In turn, Airbnb has this past week stitched up a major partnership with

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SERIOUS AIRBNB & STAYZ PROFITS

An article in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph misquoted Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s short-term rental, Dungowan Estate, at $1,850/night. A minimum two-night-stay in January will in fact set one back $4,899 - or $2,450/night. Happy tidings! The Telegraph’s reporters also wrote of a major Media campaign being waged by Airbnb against Premier Berejiklian and her Deputy in an attempt to stave off enforcement action that would see short-term rental operators comply with Federal and State Legislation, as well as good old Residential Zoning. John Barilaro, in a ‘scathing slapdown’, accused Airbnb of exploiting the drought to boost profits and added that it was ‘unfair of the multinational to targ

AIRBNB – THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING

After another one (Atlanta – no deaths this time), nay two (Dallas) Airbnb shootings – bringing the total since May in the US/Canada to 41 shootings causing death or serious injury - Airbnb’s Australian representatives have fallen silent. The Twitter accounts of Brent Thomas, Julian Crowley, and Derek Nolan show no activity since the 31 October shooting in California in which five clients were killed. Airbnb newcomer, Derek Nolan has ‘protected’ his Twitter account in the last couple of days. We, like many others, have been blocked from accessing Airbnb Staffers’ Twitter/Facebook feeds. (Trusting though that the links provided will be accessible to many readers.) Airbnb is instead using

AIRBNB – GUARANTEEING TO PROVIDE SOMETHING “NICE”

After more shootings, Airbnb’s US35 billion dollar man Brian Chesky has taken to twitter, promising to verify the accuracy of its 7,000,000 listings and the identity of every landlord. And if client expectations fall short on arrival, they will be moved into something “just as nice…or they will get 100% of their money back” (see photo). And when your neighbours’ Airbnb party turns into a deadly gunfight, duck for cover and call Airbnb’s newly formed ‘rapid response team’, who will storm your building or street. Yesterday’s disturbing video link of an Airbnb shooting has suddenly been removed from the Internet. (For verification purposes, the Dallas Police case report # is 221567-2019.) I

AIRBNB – 30 SHOOTINGS IN SIX MONTHS

Airbnb will remove the word "party" from the descriptions of its listings. Party Houses Banned after five die in shooting. Voila, problem solved! But wait, another shooting, this time in Edmonton, Canada. Airbnb shootings in the US since May 2019: 1. Pittsburgh, PA on June 12, 2019 – Two dead, one injured 2. Charlotte, NC on June 12, 2019 – One dead, three injured 3. Sacramento, CA on July 31, 2019 – One injured 4. West Covina, CA on July 31, 2019 – One dead, three injured 5. Kansas City, MO on May 24, 2019 – Airbnb spokesperson: “…did not want to comment any further at this time.” 6. La Jolla, CA on May 24,2019 - “reports of shots fired at a home.” 7. Seattle, WA on May 19, 2019 – 18-y

AIRBNB – THE BAD & THE UGLY

The NSW Fair Trading Complaint Register has ‘request for refunds’ as the main source of dissatisfaction for those using the Airbnb platform. This adds weight to reports such as that which appeared two days ago in a US newspaper - I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb – and the claim of how easy it is to scam users of the platform. The author of the report also writes how Airbnb’s Terms and Conditions favour a would-be scammer and place the onus on clients “who have just parachuted into an unfamiliar locale with their luggage and have nowhere else to stay that night”. On Twitter today, the journalist advises that the FBI has contacted her to discuss the scam, yet she still h

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