Airbnb’s Amsterdam Economic Board membership suspended

Netherlands: The NL Times reports that Airbnb has been suspended for the foreseeable future from the Amsterdam Economy Board Network Council.

According to the website, the Amsterdam Economic Board accuses the site of refusing to comply with its demands to reduce the number of rental days for houses from 60 days to 30 days per year, which is the current limit for holiday rentals. in Amsterdam.

The board is made up of public and private sector companies working together to fuel sustainable economic growth in the Dutch capital and want to build a “smart, green and healthy future Amsterdam metropolitan area”.

A spokesperson for the board told the website that Airbnb’s position was “currently too far removed from the plans of the Municipality of Amsterdam to improve the quality of life in the city”.

Another emailed statement was sent to the website, in which the board said Airbnb’s membership was suspended until the agenda committee meets again to its next meeting in September. It will also decide whether or not to revoke membership in the platform.

Following this, if Airbnb then chooses to comply with the 30-day regulations, it remains possible that it will be allowed to re-list after a vote, according to the spokesperson.

Advisor Udo Kock said Airbnb was notified of its upcoming suspension three weeks ago and added: “The 30-day rule of the municipality of Amsterdam helps reduce the negative impact of the business model, by helping to enforce it, Airbnb can demonstrate social responsibility.

Despite this, Airbnb said it would continue to work with the city to repair their ongoing relationship.

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