If you’re seeking to journey to the Netherlands within the subsequent few years, chances are you’ll wish to act sooner quite than later — that’s, when you intend on staying in an Airbnb throughout your trip. Lawmakers in Amsterdam have determined to cut back the variety of nights hosts are in a position to lease out their properties by 50 p.c, which signifies that a bunch can solely provide lodging for 30 nights per year. The new rule will go into impact in 2019. While Airbnb shouldn’t be the one firm affected by the choice (the regulation will apply to all house sharing platforms), it’s definitely one of many best-known and most widely-used providers by each visitors and hosts.
Airbnb has confronted a string of difficult laws in the previous couple of years. For instance, Paris requires its hosts to register their flats via town to make sure compliance. The French capital additionally limits the variety of nights flats could be made out there, although it’s far much less stringent than Amsterdam at 120.
And again in 2016, Berlin banned renting out entire homes and flats to Airbnb visitors (until hosts have a allow). Should of us attempt to sneak their manner round this regulation, the repercussions might be costly — hosts face fines of as much as $115,000 for giving their visitors full privateness.
It’s not solely in Europe that the rental platform has confronted regulatory hurdles. The firm has lengthy been at odds with its hometown of San Francisco — in 2016, Airbnb sued San Francisco for what it referred to as a “broken registration process” after town required Airbnb and comparable providers to put up registration numbers on marketed listings … or be fined $1,000 per day till the listings had been eliminated. Since then, tempers have cooled, as the 2 events settled their disagreements in May 2017, with Airbnb agreeing to be extra clear about its hosts and adjust to current registration legal guidelines.
While Airbnb isn’t prone to go to courtroom over Amsterdam’s newest choice, the corporate has famous its disappointment. “The Airbnb community — consisting of 19,000 Amsterdam landlords — is disappointed in your intention to have large hotels prevail over Amsterdam families who occasionally share their homes and punish them for the shortcomings of other platforms to promote responsible holiday rentals,” Bo de Koning, the corporate’s public coverage supervisor for the Netherlands and Scandinaiva, stated in a statement. Only time will inform if town decides to re-up its restrict to the present 60 days.