July 25, 2017

Opinion: Growing old with Airbnb



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Cate Atkinson is an Airbnb host in Vancouver. She lives with her family in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood. [PNG Merlin Archive] I’m looking forward to growing old with Airbnb.

I will reside where I feel at home. And as long as I am healthy, I will not grow lonely since I will share my home with visitors from around the world.

But I’m worried that recent recommendations by the City of Vancouver on how to regulate home sharing, will interfere with my future.

My husband and I live in a century home, built in 1901. We have a garden suite we use for visiting family and friends, which, three years ago, we also opened up to Airbnb.

We’re in our 60’s, but we also have two adult daughters who still live at home.

We represent a growing number of aging parents who still have their millennial children living at home because housing is too expensive. Airbnb helps us support our adult children before they achieve financial stability and independence.Retiring at 65 is becoming increasingly more difficult in this economic environment, so people have to find alternative solutions. Recent statistics from Airbnb show that Vancouverites over the age of 60 are the fastest-growing host demographic, […]

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