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Squatters using Airbnb to rent out properties

National News // May 8, 2018

Local politicians in Zurich are urging a crackdown on squatters who are using Airbnb to rent out the properties they’re occupying.

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Local PLR member, Michael Schmid, says the business model is unfair – the occupants pay nothing for the property – and yet make money.

But the cash is not great. One room could be as little as CHF 45 a night – equivalent to a youth hostel.

The practice is already common in Germany and seems to be spreading in Switzerland.

Research by the NZZ newspaper suggests most properties are in the cities of Zurich and Winterthur.

Airbnb told the press they will remove any adverts which are illegally renting out property.


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