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Airbnb's Deletion of Listings: An Overview of the Recent Audit Report

In a recent audit report conducted by the City of Toronto, it was found that Airbnb had deleted over 2,500 listings that violated the city's short-term rental rules. This move is part of the city's ongoing efforts to regulate the short-term rental market and ensure compliance with the rules that have been put in place to protect the city's housing stock. Here's what you need to know about the audit report and what it means for Airbnb hosts and guests.

The audit report found that Airbnb had removed over 2,500 listings in response to the city's requests. However, the report also noted that there were still over 16,000 listings on the platform that were not compliant with the city's regulations. This includes listings that exceeded the maximum number of allowable short-term rentals per building and listings that were operating without the required licenses and permits.

The audit report also highlighted several challenges faced by the city in enforcing the short-term rental rules. One of the major challenges was the difficulty in identifying non-compliant listings. The report recommended that the city explore new data sources and analytics tools to help identify non-compliant listings more effectively.

What does this mean for Airbnb hosts and guests? Here are some key takeaways:

  • Hosts should ensure that their listings comply with the city's short-term rental rules, including obtaining the necessary licenses and permits and adhering to the maximum number of allowable short-term rentals per building.
  • Guests should be aware that listings that do not comply with the city's regulations may be removed from the platform.
  • The city will continue to enforce the short-term rental rules and may impose fines on hosts who violate these rules.
  • Hosts and guests should familiarize themselves with the city's short-term rental rules and regulations to ensure compliance.

As a property management company, BookedHosts Rental Management understands the importance of compliance with the city's short-term rental rules. We offer Airbnb host management services that include ensuring that your listing is compliant with all the necessary rules and regulations. Our team of experts can help you obtain the required licenses and permits, ensure that you are adhering to the maximum number of allowable short-term rentals per building, and provide ongoing support to ensure that your listing stays compliant. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you manage your Airbnb listing with ease and compliance.


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