Man who ran Airbnbs in rented houses takes owners to court claiming multimillion-dollar loss

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A Metro Vancouver man who claims to run a lucrative short-term rental business with about a dozen properties in B.C. is being accused of fraud as he continues to pile up lawsuits over failed listings, claiming millions of dollars in damages. Tong “Heintz” Sun has filed claims against the owners of at least three homes he says he leased with the intention of listing them on sites like Airbnb. The three listings floundered for a variety of reasons, including poor reviews from guests and bylaw infractions, according to documents filed in B.C. Supreme and provincial courts. Sun claims his landlords are responsible for the losses he’s suffered as a result. The owner of one of the properties has filed a counterclaim accusing Sun and his mother Lijun Zhao of fraud and providing “fake” evidence, allegations that Sun has denied.