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Sep
16

The end of Airbnb…

…at least for me has come. In my case, the reason was a very very bad visitor who made damages for which Airbnb refused to pay a single euro. The visitor, of Pakistan origin who had a misleading profile, also went on to rate me very low (without me rating him).
But this is just a random incident, anybody could have such a bad guest. But oh, wait, that’s why Airbnb is supposed to cover for our damages. But Airbnb didn’t.
Is that all? I mean, one could be extra careful and avoid such cases, or just happen to have a positive profit/loss ratio – exactly as I had before I permanently close my Airbnb account. It seems there is more, though.
Airbnb is changing the identity of cities
Airbnb is changing the identity of cities. Free market on its worst: giving people the opportunity for uncontrolled profit. But we already knew that, didn’t we? Well, it seems you don’t actually “know” something if you don’t experience it by yourself. I work as a teacher in special needs education; every year it gets harder and harder for us to rent a house around Greece, as locals prefer to use their apartments for Airbnb. This causes huge problems and has brought a significant change in both identity and traditional hospitality values in local communities. Whole villages and towns have transformed into Airbnb ghettos. There is a philosophical/legal question lingering here as well: till what point does a place “belongs” to locals? Is the exploitation of habitable land without any limits?
Whole villages and towns have transformed into Airbnb ghettos
Anyway, as the national debt keeps rising, and as the government – the Greek government – refuses to face the problem in its entirety even some 8 years into a most destructive crisis which has led to the selling out of national wealth, Airbnb is the next target. The forthcoming taxation will make renting via Airbnb, or via any digital platform, a lot less attractive. This adverse effect of the controlled bankruptcy that is happening is another reason for the forthcoming end (or at least partial failure) of the Airbnb model – which, as I said, might also be a good thing.
Airbnb lists properties in illegal Israeli settlements
A final reason that affected my decision to both close, and never open my Airbnb account again, is the activity of Airbnb in Palestine, or should I say, in the parts of it that were taken from Palestinians at gunpoint (and I bet similar airbnb activity can be found elsewhere in the world as well). Airbnb lists properties in illegal Israeli settlements – an extra perk for settlers to look forward to. Families have been left without houses and homes, as they were taken from them in the most brutal manner, and the illegal settlers that robbed them of their property, now rent it, with the blessings of Airbnb, to tourists. Maybe, that alone should qualify as a reason for the general boycott of Airbnb activities worldwide.
Airbnb should serve society and make up for lack in national legislation, honoring its social responsibility, by posing limits to its own activity
Airbnb should serve society and make up for lack in national legislation, honoring its social responsibility, by posing limits to its own activity. However, Airbnb provides incentives for its clientiel to increase beyond any control and outside any ethical constraint. Thus, Airbnb has become a hydrocephalus giant who does not guarantee air bed and bathroom for all; it guarantees it for the selected elite it serves its interests. At any cost.

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