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Montreal, Canada · Member since May 2012
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Friendly, loves to listen and talk (but not so much about herself), pragmatic, idealistic with a broad realistic stripe, likes to wear cowboy hats and kerchiefs (but not at the same time), wears the work boots around these parts, cooks and cleans and talks to animals every day, sings. In others words, she's the best kind of peasant broad (or Disney® princess) there is. She reads (mostly) tough books and writes a blog, and is presently organizing a start-up (two, actually) with respect to project management and sustainability (green retrofitting).

Thanks to a lovely (sarcastic; high-maintenance and sketchy more like it) guest on AirBnB - the last one she hosted - she has had to shut her doors and end this kind of arrangement. She enjoyed being a host on AirBnB, but the Quebec government likes to play nanny-state and pretend that private property is an extension of itself - and its only job is to protect Very Large Employers That Are Francophone and pander to tourists that they're being insufficiently protected by AirBnb and others. Meanwhile, Quebec also makes roommate and tenant arrangements impossible because it prohibits damage deposits, and so people who share their living space can only do so if they are 100% willing to lose their shirt in the process.

Will the laws ever change? Not likely. Quebec is wasteful and exorbitantly greedy. For those AirBnB hosts who get the Tourism Quebec placard, they may have to apply for zoning changes to do so, and then they have to pay double the municipality taxes - which means, essentially, they have to work for free, at no greater footprint to the municipality than it would have otherwise. Does this help Quebec tourism or its people? I really don't think so. Quebec is more interested in protecting its taxation powers than in helping people create opportunities, particularly when they might need it most.

My listings would have been legal in NYC, SF, and everywhere else that AirBnB has the legitimate concern that rental units were being taken off the market. Quebec, therefore, is the one that needs to change.