Nearly 80% of Japan’s Airbnbs removed in response to new home-share law

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And then there were 13,800. That's how many Airbnbs are left operating in all of Japan, after the home-sharing site removed at least 62,000 homes, apartments, and rooms this weekend from its inventory, reports Japan's Nikkei newspaper. The move is in response to the country's new home share–or minpaku—law that comes into effect June 15, requiring Airbnbs be registered with the government and limited to a certain number of rented days. It's the first of what could be many international culls, as Parisian courts prepare to rule on the legality of more than 40,000 listings later this month.
Japan has been cracking down on the largely unregulated home-sharing giant over the past year, as more and more tourists flock to the island country. As of next week, hosts have to register for permission to share their home with the federal government, under the hotel and ryokan laws that promote fire and emergency safety. Hosts also won't be able to rent out their homes for more than 180 days a year. While the rules seem strict, and involve a little legwork on the host's part to get a registration number, it's a better system than what exists now: a grey area where any Airbnb could run afoul of complicated (and sometimes non-existent) local laws. "We have long-supported the home sharing law in Japan, we worked with the government to craft it, and we believe it will help more people share their homes on Airbnb. The lack of clear rules for home sharing has made many people reluctant to take the next step and host. The law in Japan solves that problem," Airbnb said in a statement.

I think this is an interesting and unintended consequence of AirBnB not investing nearly on filtering their users.
AirBnB obviously was interested in getting their product used by as many people as people (growth at all costs) - but this had the effect of getting a lot of young, cost conscious people to take holidays in area that were traditionally residential. While most AirBnB renters are polite and respectful, enough of them were loud, disruptive and ignoring the local rules (for example, tourists in Venice who use AirBnB but ignore the very strict garbage disposal laws) that local residents started dreading having AirBnBs around.

AirBnB is already very strict with landlords: it needs to start being a lot stricter with its users too. They rapidly need to educate their users about how to be good citizens, and that the motto of 'the customer is always right' is completely the wrong way to think about a stay in a residential area in a foreign city. Users should think of themselves as a respectful guest, not an entitled customer.

"AirBnB is already very strict with landlords: it needs to start being a lot stricter with its users too." It's not as strict with landlords as it should be. And while it is strict with users it actually favors landlords and by a landslide. Have you ever rented long term with AirBnB? Hosts can literally cancel the reservation for any reason( Airbnb says they punish for doing so but rarely if ever because the Host can provide any reason) If you happen to be in a city that doesn't have as many Airbnbs and you get a really good deal, you're screwed if the host decides to cancel. Costs for Airbnb's have also gone up significantly that it's often not even worth it to rent one if you happen to be less than a group of 4 people.

The last few times I was tempted to use Airbnb for stays of around a week, I found the price to be comparable to hotels in the area. I ended up getting a hotel, because I wanted my stay to be managed by professionals.

I'm also doubtful about the management of hosts. Yesterday, an Airbnb Superhost cancelled my upcoming reservation without explanation. I booked with a hotel and saved about $25. Airbnb has been my first choice for awhile. I think it is going to be my back up choice for the near future.

Last weekend I attempted to use airbnb in Orlando. Originally the host said the door would be unlocked, but when we arrived it was locked. It was a keypad lock so we wrote the host and asked for the code. He wrote back and sent a code that didn't work. When we informed him the code didn't work his response was, really? We never heard from him again that night or since asking for a refund.
We stayed in a hotel nearby that cost about $30 more, but had free breakfast.

I will go for hotels first in the future. I never had any issues with airbnb in the past, but one night of waiting around to hear from the host (and never actually gaining entry) with a family of tired people is one too many.

I had the same issue. An Airbnb host cancelled our reservation the day before our booking was supposed to start and Airbnb didn't help us out at all. We ended up paying quite a bit more for a hotel, but after going through that I'm happy to pay more in the future for professionalism and a guaranteed bed.

"AirBnB is already very strict with landlords"
Does AirBnB ensure that the landlord/owner is properly licensed to offer the property for a short term rental before listing it? Or do they just take the landlord's word for it?

"While most AirBnB renters are polite and respectful, enough of them were loud, disruptive and ignoring the local rules (for example, tourists in Venice who use AirBnB but ignore the very strict garbage disposal laws) that local residents started dreading having AirBnBs around."

A short term renter in an unlicensed business operating next door to you in your residential apartment building is necessarily going to be louder, less safe, and cause more issues than a long term neighbor. I rent a residential apartment in a residential building on a residential street. I did not rent a hotel room for a year next to other hotel rooms.

No, sorry. AirBnB is creating immense problems in tourist destinations, to the point where people in major cities in Greece (and other countries) are having trouble finding affordable permanent housing.
Barcelona and Rome are overrun with tourists, and it's killing the cities. AirBnB should just go away, the market worked very well before it, even if things were a bit more expensive.

I can't wrap my mind around people that think that 'too many tourists' or 'too many jobs' are a problem. Those are 'problems' that most cities in the world would kill for: if we consider them problems it's because we are not nearly creative enough to take advantage of them.
As a simple example: if we have too many tourists, give a progressive daily tax that's charged to every visitor that automatically includes museum visits/etc. Use that revenue to build more housing for local residents (and if some dipshit points out that more housing ruins a neighboorhood's character, ask yourself if Paris or suburbia has more character) or to subsidize local transport infrastructure.

In Reykjavik "too many tourists" is very much a problem. Or more specifically, the ratio of tourists to available housing.
Sure, there are solutions. There's a huge housing bubble right now (which will collapse whenever tourism dries up), for instance. Maybe if it keeps on this way some legislation will be passed to get it under control.

But both of those solutions are completely out of the hands of the people who actually can't afford to live in the city where they work.

It's a huge problem in Vancouver, as well. There's a huge housing crisis here, and there's a lot of factors involved, but real estate speculation and short-term rentals are substantial contributors.
There was a woman at a city council meeting a few years ago who lived in a building with around 10 units, and she said six of them were on AirBnB. When ever she checked, their (small) pool always had people in it she'd never seen before, and never would again. People buy places to live in and make a life in, and then half the building is party people.

For what it's worth, this has always made us extremely wary of AirBnB, and we do a lot of research for cities we visit before we rent an AirBnB somewhere. In Montreal they're regulated, so we had no problem there. In Reykjavik, we rented from a woman who was staying at her mother's place to take care of her pets while she (her mother) was out of the country, so our stay wasn't depriving anyone of housing.

Other places we go, where AirBnB isn't as well regulated, we're very particular and tend to go for hotels (e.g. Ottawa, Seattle) because we're very aware of how bad these kinds of systems can be for people.

This sounds like those cities do not have an educated/skilled workforce.
Sure there are spots near the Roman forum you would expect to have lots of tourists(basically inside the Aurellian walls).

But outside of that its a 20+ minute drive for a tourist to popular areas. If a 50$ airbnb is beating out a $1,000/mo rent its because people cannot afford $1000 in rent.

We host an airbnb ourselves, lots of business travelers in our area.

If people are coming to visit what humans did 2000 years ago and not visiting the humans there today, I dont think the problem is Airbnb.

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