Airbnb commits to taking action to reduce illegal rentals and noise pollution

Map showing Airbnb locations in central Amsterdam

Airbnb says it will remove Dutch listings without registration numbers after a new law on vacation rentals in the Netherlands comes into effect.

The real estate brokerage platform, which plans to float this year, has writing to the Dutch Minister of Housing – in English – committing to “share more data to [sic] cities on the impact of housing sharing ”and introduce“ new tools to fight against noise and nuisances ”.

Co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk said that after a six-month “training period”, the platform will remove hosts that do not display a registration number. However, the company tells the NRC that it does not currently intend to verify that the numbers submitted by tenants are valid.

The announcement comes shortly after the highest Dutch court ruled that no house in the Netherlands can be rented out to tourists without a permit, under the applicable housing law.

A bit late

In Amsterdam – where the high nuisance levels of over 20,000 such ‘hospitality’ locations mean the city is considering banning Airbnb-style rentals in certain neighborhoods – housing manager Laurens Ivens said at the NRC that this apparent change in attitude was “a little late, but a good thing.”

As of January this year, when Amsterdam imposed a new limit of 30 days of vacation rentals per property per year, Airbnb refused to remove rentals beyond that period and said privacy rules meant that he couldn’t share rental data with the city.

In turn, Amsterdam earlier this week approved the use of experimental algorithms to track down people who illegally rent their homes and make more efficient use of its law enforcement workforce.

Noise detectors

Earlier this year, Airbnb surveyed 3,000 of its hosts on their perceptions of nuisance related to business and tourism. As a result, he said in his new letter, he will also introduce a “24/7 quick response hotline for neighbors” for residents to report nuisances as well as a program. three-month noise detector driver “to help hosts detect and manage noise.” nuisance problems ”.

He adds that he has collected and remitted more than 34 million euros in tourist tax in Amsterdam since 2015 and is in talks with The Hague, Haarlem, Rotterdam and Utrecht “on this subject”.

The new Dutch housing law is expected to pass through the lower house before the summer.

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