This Twitter account reports Vancouver Airbnbs to City, CRA

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A new Twitter account is calling out illegal Airbnb locations in Vancouver by address, and “reporting” them to the City of Vancouver and CRA.

Launched this weekend, the account @VISTRO11 tweets Airbnb listings for Vancouver and flags @CityofVancouver and @CanRevAgency.

The account seems to be in response to recent meetings held by the City of Vancouver that gave a range of interested residents and business owners the chance to have their say on the record about the short-term rental industry and its regulation and legality in the city.

“Airbnb is a cancer that’s destroying communities. Destroying families. Destroying lives,” speaker Rohana Rezel told council on Thursday, October 26.

Conversely, on Tuesday night, most speakers were home owners whose arguments largely adhered to two central themes: 1) renting out basement and secondary suites was the only thing keeping the mortgage wolves at bay and 2) the city was infringing on their ownership rights by limiting who they could rent to.

At issue is a proposed policy legalizing these short-term rentals and putting a tax on them.

Many, like Rezel, do not want to see Airbnb legalized in Vancouver.

“My impression is that Airbnb has been destructive to the communities I live and work in,” said Quentin Wright, executive director of the Mole Hill Community Housing Society at Thursday’s meeting. With more than 2,000 Vancouver suites offered on Airbnb, “people just can’t find a place to live.”

This new Twitter account has pointed out a handful of Airbnb listings so far, but a rep from the City of Vancouver told News 1130 that they do not actively monitor complaints of this nature on the social media network.

However, the City of Vancouver did reply by Twitter to @VISTRO11’s first tweeted report:

The Twitter account says they have been overwhelmed with tips so far.

Meanwhile, due to the overwhelming volume of speakers at Thursday’s meeting, the City will take up the short-term rental policy issue in November.

With files from Martha Perkins, Vancouver Courier.Read more from the Vancouver Courier.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom