Airbnb is a ‘lifeline’ for pensioners and the poor

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Airbnb is a ‘lifeline’ for pensioners and the poor

The formal accommodation industry has pressured the government to stifle the booking platform with regulations

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Kloof resident Vernon Cunningham was his family’s main breadwinner when, in June 2018, he developed a nerve disease, lost his job, his ability to walk and did not have money to pay the bond.

He, his wife and two children moved into their garage and decided to advertise their house for accommodation on Airbnb.

The booking platform allows people to rent out homes or rooms to paying guests...

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