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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Bed and Breakfast Pose a Risk

AirBNBIt was of course almost inevitable, but hopefully it will send a very strong message to our tourism planners and policymakers that if we portray ourselves as an ‘iconic’ or ‘aspirational’ destination that there are responsibilities that could arise with the perceived status.

After the collapse of a balcony at an Airbnb property in the southern English coastal town of Brighton which resulted in two men and two women being hospitalized with serious leg and arm injuries when they fell from the first floor flat into the basement, all sorts of questions are now being asked. These include the Chairman of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), Noel Josephides, who questioned ‘did the host have a public liability policy which covered for the fact that the property was being rented’ and he queried ‘whether Airbnb has a duty to check the policy’.

Adding ‘if the host was a leaseholder, did he/she need permission from the freeholder before renting the property? If there was a mortgage on the property, then do the terms of the mortgage permit sub-letting? Does Airbnb have a duty to check such details and has the host followed Airbnb instructions’ he asked.

This is yet another enormously grey area with Britain, or maybe just England, leaving the European Union with Brexit. Currently existing EU laws embrace tour operators and what their obligations clearly are. This will all go out the window with Brexit, when the United Kingdom, or what may be left of it, is forced to draft and implement new legislation.

In the Brighton case, Airbnb has removed the property from its listing while ‘it investigates the incident’. But what does that statement mean in reality?

Will they have to hire impartial experts to fully investigate and what will be their obligations having taken a percentage of the accommodation element?

According to their website, Airbnb states that ‘it provides protection insurance against guests injuring themselves or damaging a property, which is automatically included in every hosts account’. But what is that level of cover, who will ensure that it is adequate and applied satisfactorily without forcing the consumer to employ expensive legal counsel?

Tour operators, hotels and even small Bed and Breakfast owners are tightly regulated, but there is currently no requirement for private properties rented on sharing sites like Airbnb to be inspected for health and safety issues. An Airbnb spokesperson stated ‘there have been more than 80 million guest arrivals on Airbnb and problems for hosts and guests are extremely rare’.

Personally, I do not find this statement very assuring and with such important issues do not feel voluntary self regulation is the answer.

While not wanting to single out this company, as there are many other similar operations. You only have to look at how HomeAway has partnered with UEFA Euro2016 (www.homeaway.co.uk/lp/euro2016/ to see another example of widespread non-traditional private lodging usage.

If we wish to project our destination reputation and with such a high percentage of unregulated accommodation providers, perhaps we can start by partnering with our insurance companies to find a simple way of ensuring every lodging option posts proof of public liability cover on individual websites and FB pages.

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3 Comments on “The Adrian Loveridge Column – Bed and Breakfast Pose a Risk”

  1. chad99999 July 11, 2016 at 4:21 AM #

    For as long as I can remember, my family has hosted a steady stream of British and North American visitors to Barbados, Trinidad and Grenada. Fifty years ago, most of these visitors were relatives who wanted to avoid paying for a hotel. More recently they have been university students and young professionals who befriended members of the family while we were studying or working in North America and the UK.
    AirBnB is a natural extension of this kind of traffic that will help to democratize the tourist industry and modestly reduce the leakage of tourist revenues from the economy. Despite the anxiety it produces in the inefficient small hotels sector, which fears any competition, it is good news for the tourist industry.

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  2. David July 11, 2016 at 6:28 AM #

    The Chase Files

    Good Morning ‪#‎realdreamchasers‬! Here is your daily newscap.

    IN DEMAND – IT WAS DECLARED a “sick building” and abandoned. But now the National Insurance Building on Fairchild Street, The City, is in demand. The University of the West Indies (UWI) wants it as a centre for technological ntrepreneurship, while some businessmen are seeking to convert it into a mall.Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman, reportedly said that handing over the building to UWI was a manifesto promise he intended to keep.“The private sector has been blaming this Government and saying that we are not doing anything to attract business to Bridgetown and how we have moved out Government offices.

    US TO BLAME – THE UNITED STATES has been slammed by a regional leader for contributing to the growing serious crimes and murders in the Caribbean. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has only been in office for one month following his big election victory in St Lucia on June 6, but already he has criticised the hemispheric superpower for dumping thousands of criminal deportees on the Caribbean, many of whom had little relationship with their new homelands.In an exclusive interview with the NATION on the weekend in which he touched several topics, Chastanet called the US repatriation policy “horrific”.He charged that while the US was dumping thousands of criminals on the doorsteps of small island states, it was at the same time slashing the funds it was spending to shore up security in the Caribbean.

    JAMAICANS TEENS STOCKING UP ON MORNING AFTER PILL– Scores of Jamaican teenage girls are using the emergency contraceptive tablets (morning-after pills) as their preferred choice of birth control, and several pharmacists who are aware of this problem are keeping quiet because the operators of the pharmacies are enjoying the profit from the sales. There are reports, however, that some teenagers are taking the tablets as often as once per week, and that some pharmacists are scolded by their employers when they decline to sell the drug to children not accompanied by a parents. Dr Charles Rockhead, obstetrician and gynaecologist, has warned that the morning-after pills are for women who have irregular sex or who may have experienced accidents during intercourse. He pointed out that unless a woman takes a significant amount of tablets at one time, there are no long-term complications from the morning-after pills.

    INSULARITY – BEFORE A BALL has been bowled in the Barbados’ leg of this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Kieron Pollard has hit insularity in the West Indies for a massive six. Pollard was reacting to concerns that Ashley Nurse was the lone Barbadian in the starting line-up for Tridents Pride of Barbados franchise while five Trinidadians, including himself, played in the team’s last match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. “I think we in the Caribbean sometimes must get rid of this insular attitude and behaviour towards Bajans, Trinis, Jamaicans, Guyanese. This is franchise cricket and when you look all around the world, it is not about who is from where. It is about playing the best 11,” Pollard said yesterday at a media conference ahead of the Tridents’ match against the Jamaica Tallawahs at Kensington Oval.

    BARBADOS WHIPS JAMAICA – Defending champions Barbados crushed Jamaica by eight wickets in the Round 2 of the Regional Women’s Super50 Tournament at Enmore yesterday.Jamaica were bowled out for a paltry 47 in 19 overs after winning the toss.No player reached double-figures.Medium-pacer Deandra Dottin was the main wrecker with four for 13 off three overs.Fellow West Indies Women’s team-mates, fast bowlers Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman took three for 11 and two for 18 off seven overs each.Barbados reached their target in 11.5 overs with Player-of-the-Match Dottin hitting the top score of 19 not out off 17 balls including two fours and one six.Captain Shaquana Quintyne made 17 and her West Indies Women’s team-mate, opener Hayley Matthews 12 not out.

    PORTUGAL KINGS OF EUROPE – Portugal have won Euro 2016 after Eder’s superb extra-time strike gave them a 1-0 victory over hosts France in Paris this evening, despite Cristiano Ronaldo coming off injured in the first half.Former Swansea striker Eder, who came on as a late second-half replacement for Renato Sanches, struck low into the bottom corner past Hugo Lloris from 25 yards to hand Portugal their first-ever major tournament crown in dramatic fashion.

    LEWIS WINS 4TH GRAN PRIX – Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory in a hectic British Grand Prix to cut team-mate Nico Rosberg’s championship lead to four points.Hamilton led every lap of a race that started under the safety car in wet conditions but dried, to take his fourth career win at Silverstone. The world champion went over to celebrate with the fans at Club corner after parking his car up at the end of the race before soaking up their cheers on the podium.It was an intoxicating race, with action throughout the field, featuring wheel-to-wheel racing and a number of spins and off-track moments as drivers struggled on the tricky track surface.

    FEW ATTEND OBESITY GRADUATION – Amid heightened concerns among some Barbadians about the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and reports of related sudden deaths, few children and parents turned up for an NCD prevention class graduation yesterday. Following a five-week Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention training programme, involving primary schools across Barbados, only seven children, and four parents or guardians turned up at the Collymore Rock Nazarene Church for the final pep talk and certification ceremony. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, the evening’s featured speaker, expressed surprise at the low turnout.“I was taken aback at the level … it shows that we have a lot more work to do.“The concept of the programme is to make sure children get the fundamentals of good nutrition.“However we need to try to reach out more to more principals and more parents. “It is Saturday afternoon, school is out, I imagine people feel they have better things to do.”

    ARCHBISHOP VISITS – ARCHBISHOP OF the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the Caribbean and Latin America, Abune Thaddaeus, says they are looking to have their own facilities in Barbados. He is on a four-day visit and is to meet with local officials.Speaking after the church’s 21st anniversary service in the school hall of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Bay Street, St Michael, yesterday, the regional head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church said they were short of the finances to build a cathedral for members and well-wishers they would like to attract.“There are slowly increased numbers and I am very happy to see that. I was very moved about the enthusiasm,” he explained.

    PAN-TASTIC – IT WAS A FULL WEEKEND of pan that started with a sizzling night at First Citizens Pan Fusion on Friday, and climaxed with a scorching six hours at Massy Pan Pun De Sand at Brandons Beach yesterday. Thousands converged on the beach and spilled on to the Spring Garden Highway to be a part of the action. Intermittent showers did not deter them as they came armed with umbrellas.They had earlier enjoyed Daryll Jordan Secondary, Tuk Pan On De Move, Aceworx Community Steel Orchestra, Newtown Playboys Steel Orchestra from Trinidad and DJ music from Kirk Browne and Daddy Biggz. They were awaiting Barbados’ biggest and best steel orchestra Mosaic, led by ace player Zig-E.But, in the meantime, they enjoyed the performance of 1688 featuring sax player Mylon Clarke. They did a spouge mix and some calypso classics.

    PIC-O-DE-CROP SEMIFINALISTS SELECTED – THE 18 SEMI-FINALISTS for the MQI/Mount Gay Pic-O-De-Crop calypso competition were announced early this morning at The Crane Resorts, St Philip after the last tent was judged. The semi-finals will be held on Friday night at the National Stadium. The defending monarch is Classic. The 18 are: Cave Shepherd All Stars: Ah-dee-Lah, Aziza, Colin Spencer, Donella De Big Show: Adonijah, Adrian Clarke, Chrystal Cummins-Beckles, iWeb – Ian Webster, JSlo, T.C. Headliners: Mr Blood, Smokey Burke House of Soca: Amazing Dre, Sammy G, Sir Ruel Super Gladiators: Julie Experience: Apache, Billboard Reserve: Hee Haw.

    That’s all for today folks. Have a magnificent Monday. 🙂 Shalom ‪#‎thechasefiles‬

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  3. ac July 16, 2016 at 11:03 PM #

    Somebody need to ask Chasnet if the thousands or maybe two hundred were american criminals freed after doing time in St luica i he would entertain having them loitering at st lucia doorstep

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