I was just reading an article about a woman that was unable to buy her dream wedding dress due to a scam perpetrated by an "AirBNB" advertiser. She had travelled all the way from Barbados to New York with her entourage only to find out that the listing she had booked didn't exist. According to the doorman for the building, it wasn't the first time that someone was scammed by someone using the address for the building. The building itself does not allow AirBNB bookings by its patrons. Full story here.http://nypost.com/2017/06/25/bride-cant-afford-dream-wedding-dress-thanks-to-airbnb-scam/
Just as a coincidence in the Florida Realtors newsletter today there was also a quick article on the problems being faced by the City of Miami Beach and the City of Miami with their crackdown on AirBNB bookings to private homes. Miami Beach actually fines their citizens $2000.00 if caught using their residential homes for AirBNB bookings. Miami Beach has ordinances already in place prohibiting the usage and the City of Miami is following through on creating its ordinances to prohibit them too. Full story-http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?p=5&id=353429
So I decided to check out the listings in our area. Most of our Vacation Homes in Davenport are managed by Licensed management companies that are run by Licensed Property managers. But by Googling AirBNB in Davenport, I have found over 300 listings, ranging from a single room in the home to a whole house. The prices range from $25 to above $300 a night depending on size and location. Even some of the more upscale short term rental communities are represented in the listings. I know that to offer your home for a short term rental through a Management company the owner has to have a license and pay the County. But does an AirBNB lessor need to register? If they don't need to register then would they not need to claim profits? https://www.airbnb.com/s/Davenport--FL/homes?allow_override%5B%5D=&s_tag=Hmeit0QJ§ion_offset=16
I then checked the Internet for other stories of scams done in the name of AirBNB. Way too many to read. Seems that there are a lot of people out there that have scammed both potential renters and even the homeowners have been scammed by their supposed customers. There was even on long term renter that was using the home as an AirBNB rental and keeping the proceeds for himself, not sharing with the owner. I guess it was his idea of making his rent.
My question to everyone is should Airbnb be allowed to in an area that supplies a great number of short term rentals that are regulated by the laws of that area, is they don't conform to the laws themselves?
Author:Deirdre Lucey-Humphries Phone: 863-557-8851 Dated: June 26th 2017 Views: 58 About Deirdre: Deirdre is a Broker and co-owner, with her husband Steve, of EXIT Realty Champions in Davenport - th...
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