Faced with a wave of cancellations, owners who offer their accommodation on Airbnb will receive a boost … The rental platform has indeed announced that it will pay $ 250 million to its “hosts” to help cover the cost of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“When a customer cancels an accommodation reservation due to a Covid-19 circumstance, with a registration between March 14 and May 31, we will pay you 25% of what you should receive through your policy. ‘cancellation’, said the American group.
“This applies retroactively to all cancellations related to Covid-19 during this period. This cost will be fully covered by Airbnb. These payments will start being issued in April,” he said.
A decision “based on the protection of public health”
“Be aware that this decision was not a business decision but based on the protection of public health,” said Brian Chesky, the boss and co-founder of the San Francisco-based company.
As a reminder, Airbnb had decided in mid-March to fully reimburse the reservations of users, who had decided to give up their trip to follow the authorities’ confinement instructions. Some rental companies had very badly received the announcement, which represented for them significant shortfall.
Free accommodation for nursing staff
Airbnb, whose initial public offering scheduled for 2020 is likely to be delayed, has also set up a $ 10 million support fund for hard-working and highly rated rental companies, who have difficulty paying their installments loan or rent due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tourism.
In France, 5,000 people, for nearly 11,000 overnight stays, have made their accommodation available for caregivers on the Appart Solidaires platform, launched by the government with Airbnb, said Minister of the City and Housing Julien Denormandie on Tuesday. franceinfo ‘. According to Brian Chesky, around 50,000 Airbnb hosts have already expressed their wish to receive free caregivers or members of the emergency services who are fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.