As the rise of websites like AirBnB puts pressure on Vancouver’s rental housing market, one Burnaby tenant says some landlords are trying to cash in using the wildly popular short-term rental site.
24-year-old student Theresa Mansell says she and her two roommates were evicted from their heritage home because she was told their landlord’s family members were moving in… only to find the place listed for almost $200/night on AirBnB for the whole summer.
She says the entire experience has left her feeling upset.
“Betrayed actually, because he came off as so nice and caring towards students and of course now that all this has happened we realized that that’s not the case and that he’s just been planning on booting us out before the summer right from the get go, so he’s just been lying to our face, and it feels pretty awful actually.”
Mansell says she wants sites like Air BnB regulated to ensure this doesn’t happen to other renters.
“What if one of us had a disability or if we are a low income family how difficult that would be just to be uprooted suddenly so he can make more money over the summer. There definitely has to be more regulations to avoid that.”
Since Mansell spoke out, the AirBnB listing has been amended now only shows the unit available for rent in April.
The City of Vancouver is studying the issue, while Tofino passed a motion to require AirBnB operators to get a business license.
Mansell’s landlord denies the allegations, and says the house was listed on AirBnB for April because he was left with “loose days” when she asked to move out a month before her eviction date.
He did not explain why the unit was originally listed for the entire summer.