Two other hosts also removed their listings after CNA questioned them.

When CNA probed a host named Hayley after she invited this reporter to book her unit at Mayfair Modern condominium for three nights, she said she “actually didn’t know” it was illegal to offer such short stays in Singapore.

Hayley later took down her listing and said she would look for long-term tenants instead.

Another listing by a host named Rebecca allowed bookings of a few nights at her unit at RV Residences in River Valley.

When questioned, she apologised and said it was not for short-term stays. She later removed the listing, which had two reviews from previous guests.

A check on Tuesday showed she had deactivated her profile.

URA told CNA previously that the listings on online platforms “may provide an indication that certain private properties are being misused”.

It added that it would take action if investigations show that these properties have been misused.

Although those listings were removed, there were still a few that offered stays in what looked like condominium units. Some of them could be booked for a few nights.

Airbnb requires hosts listing stays in hotels or serviced apartments to provide licence numbers and authorisations. They must tick a box to attest that the licence numbers and authorisations they have provided are authentic.

If they do not do so, they have to shift the minimum number of nights to 92 for condominium units. 

Airbnb, which is a legal platform in Singapore, does not permit hosting in HDB flats.


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