NZ family that unknowingly booked illegal Airbnb stay in Singapore turned away

Mr Blair Haynes and his two children, Baxter (middle) and Flynn. His family booked through Airbnb's website (below) the two-bedroom unit in Caribbean at Keppel Bay for four nights. But the family was turned away last Friday by security guards at the
Mr Blair Haynes and his two children, Baxter (middle) and Flynn. His family booked the two-bedroom unit in Caribbean at Keppel Bay for four nights through Airbnb's website. But the family was turned away last Friday by security guards at the condominium as short-term rentals are illegal in Singapore.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF BLAIR HAYNES

SINGAPORE - A New Zealand family of four who turned up at Caribbean at Keppel Bay expecting to pick up apartment keys for a four-night stay booked on Airbnb were devastated when they were told such short-term rents were outlawed.

The case highlights problems with allowing rental listings for illegal stays as consumers may be none the wiser.

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