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Airbnb to verify all 7 million properties to improve trust

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On a local level in the popular locals Airbnb has caused a shortage of rented accommodation for locals with landlords changing the use of their properties into short term gains. Others have had their AirBnB problems wrecked with wild parties.

In some cities like Kyoto AirBnB should be banned or limited numbers.

The original concept was people renting out their own homes changed into a mass accommodation agency. While hotels need to meet the local fire codes there are no such requirements for AirBnB.

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While hotels need to meet the local fire codes there are no such requirements for AirBnB.

Strange. I had to get my application approved by the fire department and receive an inspection from said department where they checked my adherence to local fire codes.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say you didn’t know what you were talking about.

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If I didn’t know better, I’d say you didn’t know what you were talking about.

You are one AirBnB owner in one country. There are 191 countries.

According to airbnb.com, on any given night, 2 million people stay in properties rented by the service in some 65,000 cities around the globe. There are more than 4 million active Airbnb listings in 191 countries. 

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2018/July-August-2018/Features/The-Airbnb-Challenge

Short term properties don't have the same regulations required by hotels.

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I had arrived at the conclusion that air bnb is now illegal in japan, or in many cities, the new laws make it almost impossible to have any property. Am I wrong? 6 mos can do it, 6 mos cannot, only on weekends, some districts, no?

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Of any single company in the world, I can think of no worse than AirBnB. They literally let people hang blowing in the wind in a typhoon (yes, first hand knowledge).

if they really cared about accuracy and fairness, they would not be taking 14 months to check their listings.

14 months to check rooms? They could do it within a month if they wanted to. They won’t. Why!

This is a PR campaign— simply lip service, as AirBnB spend millions on lobbying every year exactly for the purpose of skirting laws and not being considered a hotel where minimum standards exist.

This initiative will wither and die in 30 days. Some companies are too corrupt and evil to exist.

Do yourselves a favor everyone, and stay at a Hilton or a Sheraton, not at a “technology platform” company.

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Reality has finally caught up.

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Air bnb is great in theory, not so reliable and trustworthy in practice. More about exploiting the greed of both property owners and travelers.

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My experiences with Airbnb fortunately have been problem free, That said, the other day I read the Vice article they referenced:

A Vice story, meanwhile, revealed a scam by Airbnb hosts who put guests up at inferior properties after claiming the ones they initially booked weren't available. Guests told Vice they had trouble obtaining refunds from the company and were given bad reviews by the shady hosts

...and I had decided that it’s not worth the hassles if a problem arises. I would have thought Airbnb would have had the protections they are about to institute already in place. That said, it’s good they have recognized that these are issues that cannot be ignored, and that this investment is required to ensure the long-term continuance of the platform. Eventually the damage to reputation would become widespread enough that they couldn’t ever recover.

This is a smart business move. It will impact upon profits but add to stability.

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Good long over due, what a person see's in the photo's and what they get when they get their are two different thing, I appreciate there are reviews to be read but the accuracy of some of those reviews can be quite the opposite of reality.

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You are one AirBnB owner in one country. There are 191 countries.

True. And the same rules apply to all. You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. All Airbnb properties must be inspected and approved by their local fire station.

The requirements for sprinkler systems etc. is the same and is based on the size of your facility and number of rooms.

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And if you really want to operate between the 180 day limit, it’s super easy. Personally, I haven’t got that much business.

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True. And the same rules apply to all. You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. All Airbnb properties must be inspected and approved by their local fire station. 

I guess that explains all the negative reviews but not always the same property as in the photo or the property no longer available. You can't know what happens with every AirBnB and as for the fire codes they differ from country to country.

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