Wednesday, January 27

Housing

Airbnb, home rentals, hosts, Housing, Travel, traveling

Airbnb angers customers with tone-deaf request: ‘I can’t even afford one house’

Airbnb’s latest attempt to help some of its struggling hosts amid the coronavirus pandemic has customers up in arms.The short-term rental platform recently debuted a new feature called “kindness cards,” which allows guests to send personalized e-cards along with monetary contributions directly to hosts they’ve stayed with through the platform before. The move comes during a time where landlords have been rapidly losing out on revenue due to COVID-19.“To show appreciation or encouragement, eligible guests can send personalized kindness cards to hosts they’ve given four or five-star ratings, with the option to add a financial contribution,” the company explains on its website. “Airbnb will charge no fee, and 100% of your contribution goes directly to the host. Th...
bill 184, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Evictions, Housing, Local, Protests

Coronavirus: Group marches through downtown to protest evictions – CityNews Toronto

Dozens of people gathered in downtown Toronto on Monday evening to protest evictions during the COVID pandemic. The event was started by the “Parkdale Organize” and the “People’s Defence Toronto” groups. The march started at Queen’s Park before making its way to the Annex neighbourhood. The group said on Facebook that the Ford government is moving to mass evict Toronto tenants. While tenants hoped for relief, they said the government snuck through amendments to bill 184 that clear the way for landlords to evict thousands of Toronto tenants who have been unable to pay rent during the pandemic. At one point things got tense when a woman was seen climbing on to a wooden divider outside of a building. A police officer is then seen taking her off the structure. The crowd dispersed...