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Calgary gets early access to Airbnb data – Calgary

The City of Calgary has a new tool to monitor Airbnbs across the city.

The popular website for short-term rentals published the “city portal” on Wednesday, calling it a “solution” for governments and tourism organizations.

Calgary is one of 15 pilot cities Airbnb works with. Vancouver is the only other Canadian city in the pilot. Airbnb didn’t say when it planned to roll out the tool in other communities.

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The portal will include compliance tools, local and global short-term rental data, and direct access to Airbnb representatives.

“[Cities are] interested in the global data that we provide in the portal, “Airbnb spokesman Nathan Rotman told Global News. “But they are also interested in how many entries there are in their city.”

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Rotman also said cities can use geographic and demographic data when considering economic development and tourism marketing plans.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he loves data like the guy Airbnb will be providing the city with.

“The more we can learn – even in times of COVID (-19) – about how people live, work and travel, the more this data can help us,” he said.

“We developed this tool with cities. Our goal is to make sure it works for large cities and towns and adapts to different needs,” said Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, in a statement. “The Airbnb City Portal will make it easier for cities of all sizes to work with us and benefit from our community.”

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Short-term rental units in Calgary will require a business license starting February 1st. Rotman said the city is not yet in a position to track unlicensed Airbnb listings, calling this a “longer term goal”.

“We are working very closely with the City of Calgary to enforce their regulations,” Rotman said on Wednesday. “We have used a variety of emails and notification tools to keep our hosts informed of the Calgary Regulations and how to register as a Compliant Host.”

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A 2018 report from the city found that there are 3,364 short-term rentals available in Calgary. By Wednesday, the city had issued 1,088 business licenses for short-term rental units.

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Part of this suite of tools that the city portal will have at its disposal includes the Neighbor Tool, which can be used to deal with complaints from neighbors about disturbing guests or parties being held at Airbnb locations.

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“We banned parties on the platform,” said Rotman. “Indeed, this week in Ontario we announced that we had removed just over 40 entries that violated our Terms of Use.”

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Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra believes Airbnb’s development will help offset Calgary’s short-term rents as part of the larger real estate market mix.

“In some marketplaces in North America and around the world, short-term rents in the countryside are pretty toxic as they basically give homeowners a faster path to dollars than long-term stable renters, and this leads to an affordable housing shortage,” he told Carra, who also chairs the city committee, which recommended the short-term rental of council licenses.

“We are not in the same situation as many marketplaces. But we also do not want a completely unregulated environment, because that is not fair to the real estate market. This is also not fair to the hotel market.

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“It’s about creating the right balances.”

Carra characterized the city portal as a “pretty skeleton” when it was launched.

“When it comes of age, and when the regulator is the depth of information and resources on offer that create a lively vibrancy for both the innkeeper and the citizens and the city, I can see that this is a very, very good thing . “

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