Amsterdam Caps Nights Airbnb hosts can rent up to 30 apartments per year

If you are planning to travel to the Netherlands in the next few years, you may want to act as soon as possible, that is, if you intend to stay in an Airbnb during your vacation. Amsterdam lawmakers have decided to reduce the number of nights hosts can rent their accommodation by 50%, meaning a host can only offer accommodation for 30 nights per year. The new rule will come into effect in 2019. Although Airbnb is not the only company affected by the decision (the law will apply to all home-sharing platforms), it is certainly one of the most known and most used by both customers. and hosts.

Airbnb has had to deal with a series of tough regulations over the past few years. For example, Paris requires its hosts to register their apartments with the city to ensure compliance. The French capital also limits the number of nights apartments can be made available, although this is much less strict than Amsterdam at 120.

And in 2016, Berlin bans whole house rentals and apartments to Airbnb travelers (unless hosts have a permit). If people tried to circumvent this law, the repercussions could be costly – hosts face fines of up to $115,000 for giving their guests complete privacy.

It’s not just in Europe that the rental platform has encountered regulatory hurdles. The company has long been at odds with its hometown of San Francisco – in 2016, Airbnb sued San Francisco for what it called a “broken registration process” after the city asked Airbnb and similar services to display registration numbers on advertised listings… or be fined $1,000 per day until the ads are removed. Tempers have since settled, with the two sides settling their disagreements in May 2017, with Airbnb agreeing to be more transparent about its hosts and comply with applicable registration laws.

Although Airbnb is not likely to go to court over Amsterdam’s latest decision, the company has expressed disappointment. “The Airbnb community – made up of 19,000 Amsterdam owners – is disappointed with your intention to make big hotels prevail over families in Amsterdam who sometimes share their homes and punish them for the shortcomings of other platforms to promote rental properties. responsible holidays,” Bo de Koning, the company’s head of public policy for the Netherlands and Scandinavia, said in a statement. Only time will tell if the city decides to raise its limit to the current 60 days.

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