Airbnb is controversial wherever it sets up shop. Last November, the Mustel Group conducted a poll for BCBusiness to find out how Vancouver residents feel about allowing property owners to rent their residence out short-term.
The majority of both owners (53.6 per cent) and non-owners (60.2 per cent) of property in the City of Vancouver said short-term rentals should be discouraged. Evi Mustel, principal of the Mustel Group, was a little surprised by the results. “I thought there was going to be a little bit more empathy for Airbnb, but given the dire straits of our rental market, I think there’s a lot of empathy for the renters,” she says. “I think that’s why you see it’s leaning toward not allowing them or discouraging them.”