Anyone can advice on this? We do not intend to take this risk so we are going to remove our listing in Airbnb
yes airbnb can advice on when this law take effect.
if you do not have better thing to say here, please don't disturb this thread !!!
I am also interested to know what should be our actions now?
Does this mean we have to cancel all the bookings?
How can we reach any kind of Airbnb Support to give us accurate info?!
I do not believe airbnb will be able to assist you in the matter - only the local authorities can help you with the details. Some authrities allow host to honour existing bookings, but not accept new ones. This may or may not be the case in Singapore.
If you have current bookings and intend to take your listing down, you should inform your guests of what is happening in Singapore.
Do contact airbnb - they may be able to help your guests cancel without any economical loss.
I've been trying to get in touch with AirBnB, but no response. I do feel like cancelling my booking, I've been visited by URA once. But thankfully no guests at that time.
What was the URA experience @Senthil? Im wondering if they found details from Airbnb's listings? @Mark ill probably do the same. Got this from Airbnb today, standard message i guess as they dont mention anything concrete
If you plan to honour existing bookings, the best approach is to snooze the listing. This way it will not show up in searches, but still be visible for those who have already booked.
I think it is optimistic to expect anything definite from airbnb, they give those wooly replies and ditto statements to the press so that they can cover their own behind and avoid bad press. In the other end they demand hosts to comply with local laws and regulations, again to avoid any responsibility.
Any view on the feasibility of applying planing permission from URA to legalize the short term rental?
Has anyone managed to cancel the bookings without any penalty fee?
I want to cancel the bookings, but don't know how to handle it taking in consideration the fee... We've got months in advance booked, I don't want to be paying hundreds of $ in penalty :(
Let me know if someone managed to do it and how, or if someone got a hold of Airbnb, pls share their direct contact
Thanks everyone for sharing info!
Just an update what I've done last week.. After looots of research I managed to find some phone number to call and got an Airbnb person directly (it's some global support) +18007231238
So I managed to get his approval to cancel the bookings without any fee.