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Airbnb: No Listings Coming from Pandemic-Era Evictions

Airbnb wants to “send a strong message” that helps keep people in homes and won’t accept new short-term rentals if told a tenant was evicted for nonpayment of rent.

NEW YORK – The CDC’s eviction moratorium is set to expire June 30, and property owners could turn some of their newly empty units into short-term rentals rather than looking for a long-term tenant.

But Airbnb says it’s taking steps to prevent that from happening.

The short-term rental site announced a new COVID-19 Renter Protection Policy. Under that policy, it will work with cities to ban property owners from listing any property if their tenant was evicted due to nonpayment of rent. In doing so, Airbnb wants to prevent short-term rentals from occurring quickly in units where the tenant had been protected by the CDC moratorium.

Airbnb plans to have the policy in place until the end of the year, but to implement it, cities must participate. Airbnb says it will ban such listings “when a city notifies us” that those listings are located at rental properties that were part of the CDC moratorium.

“By working with cities to prevent landlords from using our marketplace to profit from removing a vulnerable long-term tenant from their home based on nonpayment of rent, we believe we can send a strong message that will help keep people in their homes at this critical time,” the company notes in a blog post.

More than 11 million Americans are behind on their rent, according to an analysis by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Source: “Airbnb Commits to Help Protect Renters as CDC Eviction Moratorium Expires,” Airbnb (June 15, 2021) and “Airbnb Wants to Ban Listings of Apartments Freed Up by Post-Moratorium Evictions,” Fast Company (June 15, 2021)

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