Sustainable tourism against gentrification

Travel, leave a positive impact and sustain the area's identity

FAQs

FAQ

What is Hoodbnb?


Hoodbnb is a B.V. (Besloten Vennootschap), or limited company, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Hoodbnb is an online community platform for the short-term rental of apartments or rooms in a sustainable way. It aims to fight the gentrification and touristification of our cities to help maintain their identities and their habitability for locals.


What is the mission of Hoodbnb?


Our mission is to create an alternative to mass unsustainable tourism. To stop the gentrification and touristification of our cities in order to sustain their identities and their habitability for locals.


Where does the idea of Hoodbnb come from?


The idea of Hoodbnb came from the experiences of its founder, Daniel Vidal, who has lived in several different capital cities in Europe. Every once in a while he would visit these cities again and he began to notice that they were looking more and more alike. The neighbourhoods which he loved back then and found so interesting were turning into soulless theme parks. His favourite places were gone; instead of local bars, libraries or special shops that he used to love, there were café’s and fast food restaurants belonging to multinationals, and clothing stores belonging to massive chains. The identity, the soul, and the culture of those particular places was dying. All that remained was a business open to anyone who wanted to profit from mass irresponsible tourism. Most of the time there wasn’t really another option or way to travel. Hoodbnb is here to be that option.


What are the goals of Hoodbnb?


We measure our success through the impact we have and the positive change we are able to bring about. The more customers use our services, the greater the positive impact we can inflict on our society. We are not just a company, we are also a cause.


Where does the name come from?


As Hoodbnb directly distributes the income of tourism within the neighbourhood affected by it, we came up with the idea of referring to the popular English tale of the bowman who redistributed wealth from the rich to the poor. At the same time, we also wanted to mention our main benefactor: the neighbourhood, the Hood!
bnb stands for the traditional “Bed and Breakfast”.

But, if you’re fighting gentrification, being a platform to rent apartments is also helping gentrification, isn’t it?

If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely you’re here because you like to travel yourself and you don’t plan on stopping. However, if it’s possible to travel in a sustainable way, that’s better than doing it in a negative way.

At Hoodbnb we recognise housing as a basic human need and right, not a speculation and profit subject. Hoodbnb B.V. purpose and goal is to be a useful tool for you to rent your apartment in a sustainable way. This is why we have a very basic and strict rule:

  • Apartment rentals are limited to 3 months maximum per calendar year.

This means that apartments dedicated exclusively to continuous short term rentals are unable to be rented via our platform. The understanding is that the hosts rent their apartment while they’re on holiday themselves.

Room rentals are unlimited as we understand that the host is renting a room in their apartment while also living there.

Please check our terms and conditions if you want to know more about this.

What are Hoodbnb’s values?

Sustainability. Identity. Authenticity. Local. Positive impact. Against gentrification and touristification. Neighbours. Neighbourhood. Eco-friendly. Responsible and conscious tourism. Housing as a basic right.


How does Hoodbnb work?


Until now these sorts of platforms were a mere intermediary between two parts: guests and hosts. We introduce a new third part to the game: the LBP, or Local Business or Project. You, as a guest, can choose them as the benefactor for half of the commission that Hoodbnb would earn for your reservation. During your trip, you are able to go to this local business and spend that half of the commission there.

Depending on the area where it’s situated, this LBP will appear in a list amongst other LBPs in the area where the guest is making a reservation. The guest will see this list prior to the payment page during the reservation process. The total of the commission destined to LBPs is equal to half of the total commission. The guest will be able to choose which LBPs (one or several) are going to be the beneficiary of the chosen commission that the guest is going to allocate to each of the selected LBPs. If one or more of the LBPs selected are local businesses, the guest will receive a voucher via email for the value of the allocated commission to be exchanged directly with the LBPs for products or services, just like standard money.

In other words, imagine you're travelling to a popular city and you plan on staying in a cool area that a friend told you about. However, you've also heard that this area isn’t quite how it used to be due to increasing gentrification and over-tourism. You don't want to contribute to this negative phenomenon and you want to ensure that your visit has a positive and sustainable impact on the area, so you book an apartment through Hoodbnb. Upon booking you discover that just around the corner from the apartment is a local fruit store which has so far survived gentrification. You decide to select it as the benefactor for your reservation (you need to eat during your trip anyway!) so you receive a voucher for the value of your assignment which you can spend in the store just like regular currency. (Let’s say the total commission for your reservation is 20€, half of it goes to Hoodbnb, the other 10€ would be given back to you as a voucher which you can spend the selected local fruit store).

This way we create what we call “x3 win tourism”.

What is x3 win tourism?

x1 Win: As a host, you are helping to sustain the identity and habitability of your own neighbourhood while at the same time being a local host to your guests.

x2 Win: As a guest, you are staying in a local’s - typically more affordable – place, and instead of leaving a negative impact in the neighbourhood or city that you are visiting, you are leaving a positive one, just by being a customer of a local business with the commission of your reservation. This helps the neighbourhood to keep its identity (as we understand local businesses are one of the main factors that make neighbourhoods unique) while at the same time allowing you to get to know a local place!

x3 Win: As a LBP (Local Business or Project) you’ll gain new customers to the business that you - and perhaps also your family - worked so hard on for years. The extra custom and income will help your business to survive price increases in your area and the often unfair competition created by multinationals and big chains. Additionally, as a project (social space, neighbourhood association, local artist seeking financial support, ecological project, patrimony protection, etc.) you would generate some extra cash for your idea or foundation!

What are the types of LBPs and its requirements?

In the case of local businesses (main benefactors of the Hoodbnb project):
  • The business must be operative in the same neighbourhood for at least 10 years.
  • Mustn’t be part of/belong to a chain or multinational.

Social spaces:
  • Organising events and activities for the neighbourhood.

Art projects:
  • The artist must be a permanent resident of the city where their project is registered. The project must be done or shown in this very same city.

Ecological and environmental sustainability projects:
  • New projects, either social or technological, related to the improvement and protection of the environment.
  • Collaboration with current projects for the protection of the environment (for example, NGOs, clean energy companies, etc)

Projects for the protection of the patrimony:
  • Projects related to the sustainability of tourism and its coexistence with local patrimonial and monumental heritage. These projects must be related with a monument or archaeological site nearby the city where it is being registered. These projects can be particular, educative, organized by an NGO or governmental.

Others:
  • Other projects in need of financing which are related to a problem or situation in the neighbourhood or region where it is being registered.

Types of LBPs and vouchers

You will only receive a voucher with the value of your assignment for profit LBPs (first type, local businesses). For non-profit LBPs, mostly sustainability or art projects, your assignment will go directly to them.

Due to the philosophy of Hoodbnb, at least half of the commission destined to LBPs (25% of the total commission) must go to local businesses in order to sustain the identity of the neighbourhood where you’re staying. You can also assign the total of your fee for LBPs (again, 50% of your total commission) to local businesses - to one or several of them.
How to use your voucher

After completing your reservation, you will receive an email with your voucher attached. All you need is the code on the voucher which you will need to provide to the chosen LBP when you’re there. This voucher is only active and valid during the days of your stay.
If you’re a LBP, to validate this voucher go to your “Voucher management” menu and redeem it. As a LBP you will receive the total value of all the vouchers redeemed via bank transfer on a monthly basis.

What if I don’t use my voucher?

As you know, you will get a voucher with the value of your assignment for each of the local businesses that you selected (profit LBPs). These vouchers are only active during the period of your stay. If you do not use these vouchers during this period, it will expire and the funds will go to Hoodbnb.

How do I know my money is really going to non-profit LBPs?

Very soon we expect to run reports with the exact data and amount of fees destined to LBPs - profit or non-profit. We’ll make these reports public so you’ll be able to see for yourself the positive impact you’re making!

How to cancel a reservation

If you wish to cancel a reservation you can do it through the “Dispute” button in your inbox.

These are our rules concerning cancellations:

If the guest cancels:
  • With more than 7 days prior to arrival date: full refund minus the transaction fee, possible transaction costs related to the refund are non-refundable.
  • With less than 7 days prior to arrival. No refund. Hosts receives their part and their calendar opens again for new bookings. Hoodbnb receives its part + the part destined to LBPs.

If the host cancels:
  • More than 7 days prior to the guest's arrival: €50 fine to be deducted from their next payout + transaction fee. Their calendar will be blocked for the same period as the cancelled reservation.
  • Less than 7 days prior to the guest's arrival: €100 fine to be deducted from their next payout + transaction fee. Their calendar will be blocked for the same period as the cancelled reservation. An automatic negative review will appear on the host's profile indicating a late cancellation.

The cancellation policy is based on calendar days and operates on Central European Time (GMT+1).

If you wish to cancel a reservation and not fall within the 7 days of arrival policy, you would need to cancel by 23:59 on the 7th day prior to arrival.

What are the next steps for Hoodbnb?
We officially launched in May 2019. We are looking for investors who share our enthusiasm and our ethos. If you share our beliefs and like the project, please spread the word about us and our mission!
For any extra information please contact us at info@hoodbnb.com