Amsterdam and Airbnb reach new deal to end illegal rentals

Map showing Airbnb locations in central Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s city council and vacation rental site Airbnb have reached a new deal they say will reduce illegal rentals and reduce nuisance for neighbors.

Airbnb has agreed to put a limiter on its website, which means apartments rented for 60 days will disappear from the site for the rest of the year.

The website has also agreed to install a “neighborhood tool” that other residents can use to complain about loud or aggressive tenants. It will also introduce a limit of four people per apartment.

Amsterdam allows people to rent their homes through websites such as Airbnb for up to 60 nights per year and up to four people, provided they own the property or do not live in social housing.

There are thousands of properties in the city that are rented out illegally or by professional companies and Amsterdam has threatened to tear up the Airbnb deal without more information on the website.

Earnings

Airbnb says the vast majority of owners play by the rules and “business owners are not welcome.” The website collects tourist tax on behalf of the city but does not give details of individual payments. ‘

In May, the company said Airbnb hosts in Amsterdam rented their properties an average of 28 days a year, earning an average of € 3,800.

Insideairbnb.com shows that 25% of hosts list more than one property, and more than one in ten apartments available for rent are available for more than four people at a time.

Register now

Parliament recently voted in favor of a Socialist Party motion that would require anyone who wants to rent their home through websites like Airbnb to register their plans. However, it is not known whether the government will put the motion into practice and Housing Minister Stef Blok is against it.

The new deal between the city and Airbnb will be reviewed every three or four months, the Financieele Dagblad said.

Critics of the new deal point out that nothing prevents landlords who illegally rent out their properties from using Airbnb-like websites. However, according to Financieele Dagblad, the city is committed to making similar deals with other websites to ensure a level playing field.

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