Safety of neighbours a big concern in home-sharing

One important aspect of home-sharing has not been brought up for discussion ("No guarantee long-term tenants are more considerate" by Ms Maria Loh Mun Foong; Nov 2).

Home owners who are considering using Airbnb to earn some money from their homes should also consider the feelings and concerns of their neighbours, who may fear for the safety of their family members.

Given that most parents are working these days, it is not unheard of for young children and the elderly to be left at home. Safety and security are, thus, of paramount importance.

In a condominium, for example, the managing agent should take a poll to determine the receptiveness of the residents towards Airbnb.

If a simple majority objects to it, then home-sharing should not be allowed in the condominium.

If any owner still insists on doing so, then he should either be taken to task by the authorities or asked to pay a fine of about 10 times the rental income to the management corporation.

This would go a long way towards harmonious living.

Sebastian Tan Gee How

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