What an interesting conversation, and Barry, I’m really sorry to hear about your situation.
Not to digress too much from the main topic, but there seems to be conflicting opinions about Airbnb’s policy towards property managers / vacation rental management companies (VRMCs).
My personal observation is that they do not have anything specifically against VRMCs, but they are working more and more with cities to make sure hosts follow local laws.
VRMCs have been around long before Airbnb. Many rich people have a second vacation home and don’t want to deal with renting it out when they are not staying there, so they give it to a professional to do all the work for them. There is nothing wrong with that in and of itself. On the contrary, it is an important part of the economy for many tourist destinations such as Lake Tahoe or the Jersey Shore, for example.
Airbnb is actively trying to be more “VRMC friendly” and recruit more VRMCs to list on their platform (many still just list on HomeAway and VRBO, or their own website, for example). Two specific examples to back this up: 1) Airbnb had a booth at the annual Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) in Phoenix last year, where they were actively recruiting VRMCs to use their platform, and 2) At the Airbnb Open in Los Angeles, they had multiple sessions aimed specifically for VRMCs, including some roundtable discussions where Airbnb employees were asking questions and taking notes about things they can do to make it easier for VRMCs to list on Airbnb
HOWEVER, Where it gets tricky is places like San Francisco where it’s illegal to rent out a home that you don’t actually live in full-time. That’s where Airbnb starts to crack down. Not because they have something against VRMCs, but because the VRMC is likely a “commercial operator” managing illegal (for that specific city) listings. That’s where they came up with the “One Home One Host” policy, but, again, that is not an across-the-board policy…they only implement it in certain cities like San Francisco, New York, and Portland. I have not seen anything about this policy being implemented in Colombia, so I don’t think Barry’s situation has to do with him being a VRMC.
Anyway, I hope this helps clarify the situation for some people.