Airbnb says Amsterdam rental ban “violates” residents’ rights
Airbnb has reacted angrily to a restriction imposed by authorities in the Dutch city of Amsterdam.
Authorities banned rentals in three of the city’s central neighborhoods last week, effective July 1.
The company has found itself on the brink of criticism in recent years that ceding private accommodation to tourists has reduced rents and forced local residents to flee.
Amsterdam’s city council has declared its intention to crack down on mass tourism in interior areas protected by UNESCO.
He claims that one in 15 properties in the entire city is available on online booking sites such as Airbnb.
The three neighborhoods in question have about 1,500 private rental accommodation for tourists, or about 6% of the amount available in the whole city.
Still, Airbnb says it is “deeply concerned that the proposals are illegal and violate the basic rights of local residents” to rent their properties to tourists.
There are approximately 18,000 hotel beds in the same three areas of the city.
Amsterdam was one of the first major tourist cities in Europe to strike a deal for Airbnb to collect tourist taxes from owners.
Local hotels had previously complained that some hosts did not collect the standard resort tax from guests, in the same way that hotels, inns and B & Bs did with their own guests.
Airbnb says its guests in 2019 collectively spent € 400m in the city, including € 8m for tourist tax.
Seven in ten customers have stayed at a property outside of central Amsterdam, he says.