Airbnb agrees to limit rentals in Amsterdam to 60 days

Airbnb has agreed to limit rentals of private homes in Amsterdam, in a move that city authorities have wanted to limit complaints about illegal hotels.

The Dutch capital and the online rental service said on Thursday they would work together to ensure that owners can only rent their properties for a maximum of 60 days a year.

Amsterdam had introduced the limit earlier, but Airbnb said that starting January 1, its site will introduce automated tools to ensure homes aren’t listed for more than 60 days a year, unless owners are licensed.

“A house must remain a house”, alderman of Amsterdam Laurens Ivens said in a statement.

“With this new approach, we show that working with platforms such as Airbnb gives the city a new and effective weapon in the fight against illegal hotels,” he added.

Airbnb Managing Director for Northern Europe, James McClure, said: “We want to be good partners for everyone in the city and to ensure that home sharing is developed in a responsible and sustainable manner. “

Airbnb says a typical host in Amsterdam earns 3,800 euros ($ 4,041) by sharing their space for 28 nights a year.

Since the company launched in 2008, when the co-founders invited travelers to sleep on an air mattress in their San Francisco loft, Airbnb has grown into one of the world’s most valuable private startups by collecting fees. when private hosts rent accommodation listed on the site.

But it also encountered problems with city dwellers and residents affected by the rapid rise in rents.

Barcelona authorities announced last week that they would fine Airbnb and another rental site, HomeAway, € 600,000 each for offering accommodation that does not have the necessary permissions.

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau told Catalunya Radio that while tourism is a positive asset for the Spanish city, it has grown too far and is preventing locals from accessing housing.

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