Airbnb’s impact on Byron Bay: ‘I’m a lady hobo, couch surfing in paradise’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

AND THIS IS HAPPENING HERE !!! BIGTIME.

Ilona Harker earns a decent wage as a musician, arts therapist and music teacher.So she never thought she’d end up living in her car.”I’m a lady hobo or couch surfing in paradise,” Ilona said.”It’s a really embarrassing thing to say, like I need to be ashamed that at my age, with the job that I have, with the connections I have, that I would be like that. But I am homeless.”She was evicted from her last rental home in Byron Shire before Christmas after the real estate agent said the house had to be sold.”I’m pretty sure it got Airbnb’d. It didn’t get sold. I had six weeks to find a place. I couldn’t find anything. I put everything in storage, sold the stuff I’d just bought, lost thousands,” Ilona told the ABC.Ilona says the sharing economy — where people can rent out homes on websites such as Airbnb — is making it even harder.

Source: Airbnb’s impact on Byron Bay: ‘I’m a lady hobo, couch surfing in paradise’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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