Airbnb, the biggest online home-sharing app was forced to cancel thousands of reservations due to Japan’s government enforcing a new law for home-sharing. Travelling to Japan in June? If you’ve made a booking with Airbnb, you may have to find alternative accommodation.
Under the new law, host are required to register their listing and display their licence number by 15th June to continue the home-sharing service. The law regulates Airbnb’s most popular destination market in the Asia Pacific region. But the Japanese government said on 1 June that any host without a licence number had to cancel upcoming reservations that were booked before 15 June.
Airbnb said it would therefore cancel any reservation made by a guest arriving between 15 June and 19 June at a listing in Japan that does not currently have a licence.
Airbnb also said it had set up a $10m fund to help those incurring any additional expenses related to having to make alternative travel plans because of cancellations. Airbnb has faced in Asia, one of its fastest growing markets.
Earlier this year, the firm said it would have to start sharing information about its customers who book accommodation in China with the government. Data shared with the authorities will now include passport details and the dates of bookings.
Hosts listing accommodation in China will also have their details passed on once they start accepting bookings.The online home-sharing giant said the move meant it was now complying with local laws and regulations, “like all businesses operating in China”.