Airbnb price gouging could cost Boston Marathon runners and supporters thousands

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We read the following reports from AirBnB watch. Anyone who goes to major running events has seen prices go crazy at hotels and now, AirBnb.

Here's a bit on the AirBnB watch group:

AirbnbWATCH is a project of American Family Voices, bringing together a coalition of organizations and concerned citizens dedicated to a common goal: protecting communities and travelers by exposing commercial hosts who use sites like Airbnb to run illegal hotels in residential properties under the radar and by making sure all hotel businesses play by the same rules.

What do we learn? Buyers beware. Take some time and look around for a good place to stay on your next destination marathon.

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REPORT: Airbnb price gouging could cost Boston Marathon runners and supporters thousands
Boston Airbnb hosts increase prices by as much as $1,900 per night

Airbnb's in Boston Boston Marathon
Apr 15-16Rate/Night
Off Event Rate/Night Price Increase Percent Increase
Blurbird's Apartment 3 ** $937 $193 $744 485%
Victorian to Bauhaus, Penthouse of Hospitality by John $1,203 $125 $1,078 855%
Demetrios' Condo 3 ** $1,200 $89 $1,111 1348%
Demetrios' Condo 4 ** $2,000 $119 $1,881 1681%
Kara's Apartment 22 ** $1,143 $216 $927 529%
3 Bdrm 2BA Apt Quiet Renovated Top Loc. Parking!by John** $1,800 $285 $1,515 531%
Mariana & Carlos' Apartment ** $1,199 $170 $1,029 705%
Nicholas' Apartment - Lrg 3 Bdrm Best Location Prvt. Patio Quiet Parking $2,000 $77 $1,923 2497%
Sonder's Apartment 5 - Delightful 2BR in Downtown Crossing by Sonder ** $759 $229 $530 231%
3 BR|2.5 BA Renovated House Parking Top Location by John** $2,216 $475 $1,741 367%

*All rates and unit availabilities subject to change per host preference
**Denotes commercial operator with multiple other listings including:
Host Bluebird (100 listings), Host De

metrios (7 listings), Host Kara (100 listings), Host John (2 listings), Hosts Mariana & Carlos (14 listings), Host Sonder (100 listings)


Here is a link to download a copy of the report on the Airbnb price gouging for the Boston Marathon:
https://airbnbwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-Airbnb-Boston-Marathon-Gouging-ReportFINAL.pdf

BOSTON, MA - AirbnbWATCH, an affordable housing advocate and consumer watchdog group, released a report today showing significant price gouging by Boston Airbnb hosts, most of whom are commercial operators running multiple listings, for rentals during Boston Marathon weekend.

The report reveals rates for many Airbnb rentals increasing by thousands of dollars per night during the Boston Marathon weekend. These findings are similar to those recently released during the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras. Now, during Boston Marathon weekend, an apartment in downtown Boston, which is normally rented for $77 per night, was being advertised for $2,000 per night for the weekend. A typical four-night stay at that apartment would cost a total of $308, but the same length of stay during the Boston Marathon would cost more than $8,000.

"Airbnb's price gouging was a dream killer for many football fans during the Super Bowl and a buzz kill to party goers during Mardi Gras. Airbnb is continuing that practice with folks looking to enjoy one of America's truly great sporting events, the Boston Marathon," stated Lauren Windsor, AirbnbWATCH's spokesperson. "Permitting their 'hosts' - who oftentimes are real estate professionals - to raise rent by these astronomical rates is a very worrisome precedent that Airbnb is setting at these widely attended events."

In a San Diego Union-Tribune article, Chris Lehane, Airbnb's Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs said, "It's pretty clear that our hosts don't engage in gouging. When demand for Airbnb increases, supply also tends to increase. When you look at big events, like for a Super Bowl weekend, there's maybe a $20 increase."

Windsor points out the reports exposing Airbnb hosts gouging guests at major events, like the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras and now at the Boston Marathon, tell a very different story.

"While many long-distance runners are expecting to have their will tested over the grueling 26-plus mile race, they were certainly not expecting to be tested financially," stated Windsor. "Commercial Airbnb hosts will be pushing runners' wallets to the limits, while driving thousands of complete strangers into the streets of Boston neighborhoods."

Here is a link to download a copy of the report on the Airbnb price gouging for the Boston Marathon:
https://airbnbwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-Airbnb-Boston-Marathon-Gouging-ReportFINAL.pdf


The Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 16 this year.

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AirbnbWATCH is a project of American Family Voices, bringing together a coalition of organizations and concerned citizens dedicated to a common goal: protecting communities and travelers by exposing commercial hosts who use sites like Airbnb to run illegal hotels in residential properties under the radar and by making sure all hotel businesses play by the same rules.

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