Airbnb roasted for asking visitors to contribute cash to proprietors

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    A woman browses the site of US home sharing giant Airbnb on a tablet in Berlin on April 28, 2016.

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    Airbnb’s ‘kindness cards’ didn’t decrease too well (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

    Airbnb has actually been knocked for asking clients if they’d like to contribute cash to previous hosts who have actually lost earnings due to coronavirus.

    People who can’t pay for homes of their own asked the rental website why they must deal with proprietors settling their 2nd houses like they are charities, implicating them of adding to increasing rates in their areas.

    An e-mail sent out to previous visitors and holidaymakers who utilized the platform stated: ‘Like all of us, hosts on Airbnb are impacted by COVID-19, and many of them are unable to welcome guests. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to connect and support one another—even in little methods. Today, we’re presenting a brand-new method to get in touch with your preferred hosts.

    ‘Now you can create personalized kindness cards that make it easy to send a message of appreciation or encouragement, with the option to add a contribution. We hope these cards will make hosts smile, and bring a little joy your way.’

    As you may anticipate, not everybody was supportive. Twitter users asked why they must contribute towards somebody’s 2nd home loan, with one implicating Airbnb proprietors of ‘jacking up prices for the already struggling locals looking for housing options’.

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    New York Times tech press reporter Mike Isaac stated the concept resembled ‘the mortgage-backed securities of the sharing economy’ and stated numerous hosts had ‘overextended themselves by leveraging multiple properties which they rented out pre-covid, and are now going empty’.

    The Airbnb logo is displayed on a computer screen on August 3, 2016 in London, England.

    People who can’t pay for houses asked why they must be assisting somebody settle their 2nd one (Picture: Getty Images)

    Danielle Bernos stated: ‘lol airbnb asking people to donate to their previous landlords…. why would i give them money when i can’t even pay for to purchase a home damn.’

    Author Samuel Pollen tweeted: ‘I deleted this email without reading it but it’s totally wild that AirBnB are recommending we *contribute to proprietors*’

    Labour councillor Caragh Skipper implicated the business of ‘acting like landlords are charities’ throughout a real estate crisis while Declan Cashin asked if sending out ‘a burning bag of s**t’ was a choice.

    Filmmaker Ryan Couldrey included: ‘Filling out my compassion card, “Dear AirBnB host, thank you for making lease unaffordable in this city.

    “The just thing even worse than a property owner is a wannabe proprietor with even less duties.

    “Hope the bank takes your property and turns it into affordable housing. Get a job.”‘

    An Airbnb representative informed Metro.co.uk: ‘We’ve spoken with numerous visitors that wish to support hosts throughout this tough time and our brand-new e-cards permit them to share messages of assistance with hosts that might have invited them into their house.

    ‘There is also the option for a voluntary financial contribution, with no charges from Airbnb, that goes directly to the hosts, more than half of whom say they rely on the additional income from hosting to afford their home.’

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