Thursday 19 October 2017

'It's too easy to brand website hosts as just greedy'

Mauro Di Porzio said the Government was looking for someone else to blame. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Mauro Di Porzio said the Government was looking for someone else to blame. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Ian Begley

Property owner Mauro Di Porzio has hit back at criticism of long-term Airbnb hosts who are operating during a homeless crisis.

Mr Di Porzio, an Italian national who has been an Airbnb host in Dublin for four years, believes TD Pat Casey's comments on the matter are "very unfair".

"Of course I would disagree with what he said and think it's very unfair," he said.

Mr Di Porzio said that he had moved to Ireland during the peak of the Celtic Tiger, when Airbnb hadn't been established.

"At the time the property market and rents were all over the place, and since the bubble burst nothing has been done to prevent the housing crisis from escalating," Mr Di Porzio said.

"Long-term Airbnb hosts may have a very small impact on this situation, but it's really just looking for someone else to blame.

"The Government doesn't want any fingers pointing at it.

"It's a very easy thing to pin the blame on Airbnb, claiming that all property owners are just greedy.

"They blame us for many things, but at the end of the day we, made an investment into these homes.

"A lot of us are in negative equity, but the Government don't even consider this.

"I think it would be a good idea for more Airbnb hosts to come together to find a way to respond to negative comments like these."

Irish Independent

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