Airbnb bans listing homes whose tenant has been evicted

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This file photo from February 22, 2018 shows an Airbnb logo at an event in San Francisco. The company said it was implementing a new policy to prevent landlords from listing rental properties after evicting tenants previously protected by a federal moratorium on evictions.

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A new Airbnb policy aims to prevent owners from using the platform to profit from evictions, he says.

The company said on Tuesday that it prohibit landlords from listing properties where a tenant previously protected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium on evictions – which expires in late June – was evicted for not paying rent.

Airbnb says the policy begins Tuesday and will continue until at least the end of the year. It will then examine the policy and the contribution of cities to determine whether it needs to be extended.

The company says it will partner with the courts to implement the policy. When a city notifies Airbnb that a new ad on its platform is where a previously protected tenant was evicted for non-payment, the company says it will ban the ad.

“By working with cities to prevent landlords from using our market to profit from the removal of a vulnerable long-term tenant from their home due to non-payment of rent, we believe we can send a strong message that will help keep people in their homes during this critical time, ”says Airbnb.

The new policy comes as the CDC’s moratorium on residential evictions is due to expire on June 30.

The CDC issued the order in September 2020 to temporarily stop evictions and slow the spread of COVID-19. The ban was originally scheduled to expire in December 2020, but was extended several times, possibly until June 30.

“Keep people at home and out of crowded or congregation settings – like homeless shelters – preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, ”the CDC said of the moratorium.

Now an estimate 11 million Americans say they are behind on rent and risk deportation when the ban expires, CNBC reported in May based on the Center’s data on budget and policy priorities. A March report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that black and Hispanic families are more than twice as likely to be late on housing payments than white families.

“Like much of the disruption caused by the pandemic, this will have the harshest impact on communities of color,” Airbnb said.

The company says it is “committed to being part of the solution when it comes to keeping tenants at home in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He says that over the next few weeks he will “engage cities to implement” the policy.

“This awareness will include a particular focus on cities that experience a high rate of evictions,” Airbnb said. “Jurisdictions interested in partnering with Airbnb as part of this initiative can contact [email protected]

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter who covers real-time news in North and South Carolina. She graduated in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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