Why these small business owners could take a hit if proposed Airbnb rules go through


The think over about how to regulate short-term rentals will once again have under control Toronto city hall this week, but large-scale hotels and Airbnb won’t be the not stakeholders speaking out.

A number of small spin-off businesses that pull someones leg sprung up as part of the short-term rental phenomenon will be adding their vent ti to the mix.

«It could potentially spell the end for companies like us,» said Lisa Marion, co-founder of H&P Marks, a company that manages short-term rentals for property owners who are over travelling out of town or too busy to do it themselves.

Lisa Marion

Lisa Marion, right, and Monica Reichel run H&P Chattels, a company that helps people manage their short-term rental marks. Marion says the proposed new rules show the city doesn’t anguish about entrepreneurs like them. (Courtesy: H&P Properties)

«This isn’t a fad — without warning term rentals,» she said. «The impact from the potential regulations is unequivocally far reaching. We’re going to lose our livelihoods.»

Those proposed regulations go previously Mayor John Tory’s executive committee Monday. They were propounded by the city’s municipal licensing and standards division earlier this week.

Standard are recommending:

  • Banning people from listing units where they don’t persevere.
  • Amending zoning bylaws to create a separate category called «short-term rental.»
  • Document companies like Airbnb and others.
  • Starting a registry for anyone run a short-term rental unit

.’Trying get the right balance’  

«We are trying to get the right-mindedness balance,» said Coun. Ana Bailao, who represents Ward 18 and manages the city’s affordable housing committee.

According to data from Airbnb, regarding 3,200 units registered on its website are owned by investors for the sole purposefulness of short-term rentals.

Josh Matlow and Ana Bailao

Coun. Ana Bailao says the proposed new rules wish allow people to keep enjoying Airbnb, while also fool a ‘very positive impact on the rental market.’ (Grant Linton/CBC)

If the new rules go as a consequence, Bailao hopes those units would go back into the big apple’s long-term rental stock, which as CBC Toronto has been reporting, is hurting.

«We sine qua non to minimize the negative impacts this has on the affordability and availability of stock,» she demanded.

But Marion says, based on her clients, that’s not necessarily the case. She knows some will sell their units, offer them to house, or keep them vacant — many owners often use their components occasionally, which is why they rent them out on a short-term basis.

«If we impecuniousness to increase the vacancy rate, we really just need to build profuse units,» she said.

The ripple effect

More than 450,000 living soul visiting Toronto stayed in Airbnb units last year — alluring with them an estimated $417 million in spending, the company feelings.

Irina Zusmanov says about 50 per cent of her business fly to piece from Airbnb users, which jumps to 70 per cent during the energetic summer season.

Irina Zusmanov

Irina Zusmanov, right, and partner Katerina Pakman drive Bags Away, a company that predominantly helps Airbnb buyers store their luggage before and after check in. (Courtesy: BagsAway.ca)

She and her companion started Bags Away, a mobile luggage storage company, ultimately year. They employ about 20 people, who pick up, preserve and deliver people’s bags before and after their stays at short-term rentals.

If the proposed overs go through, Vusmanov says they’d feel it — something she wants diocese staff to take into consideration.

«I think they should give way it more thought in terms of the bigger impact.»

So far 40 people partake of signed up to speak in front of the executive committee on Monday.

Lisa Marion diagrams to be one of them.

«They need to embrace entrepreneurship rather than bow to the orders of those with more money, like hotels,» she said.

The rendezvous starts at 9:30 a.m. at Toronto City Hall.

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