|Paris rental September 2018|
In the last two years, I have rented 5 different apartments through Airbnb. All of my rentals have been excellent value although certainly some have been more comfortable than others. When I am travelling solo, I tend to pay less to be able to stay longer.
In Paris, the Airbnb owner must live in the property. The rentals are limited to 120 days a year. The Paris apartment, shown above, is the home of Yvon and Laurence. Laurence, who was in Paris from their summer home, welcomed us warmly with an apéritif and gave me a jar of her fig jam. The apartment was decorated with family photos and books. Laurence slept at the apartment a couple of nights. This was definitely a home and it seemed that we were welcome visitors.
|Brooklyn September 2017|
When I am booking rental accommodation, I look at guest reviews and I try to find an owner who
seems to be a "good match" for me. I prefer older landlords and I find that I often rent from educators.
Laurence is retired from teaching adult education. We had interesting conversations in French about travel, economics and education.
Last September, my friend, my daughter and I rented in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn. The owner lived in the brownstone and was readily available. He and his partner lived in the lower floor, the second floor was rented permanently, and we rented the top floor suite. We enjoyed great value in a lively area of New York City.
Short-term rentals discourage long-term tenancies and drive permanent residents further from the city core. Some investors are buying properties with the intention of creating an Airbnb hotel. There is more money to be made and often no taxes are paid.
|simple solo in Mexico|
Not in my backyard! In our community, housing prices outstrip incomes considerably. Large detached homes and new condos sit empty. Affordable rental accommodation is non-existent. A city
requires workers and those workers must be housed in proximity to their employment.
Homesharing has traditionally been a means for homeowners to make some extra money. The basement suite or the extra room have provided company and allowed owners to stay in their homes.
Personally, I would rather stay in an apartment than in a hotel.
There don't seem to be any easy answers to the housing issue anywhere in the world. Gentrification, globalization and rising land costs are problems in most major cities.
Do you stay in short-term rentals? Would you welcome one in your neighbourhood? Do you have an idea about regulation?
I'll probably book a rental next year.