Amsterdam court rules against Airbnb in potential fees case of 200 million euros
Netherlands: Airbnb to pay bill totaling 200 million euros after court in Amsterdam ruled it was not entitled to claim booking fees from travelers Dutch nationals.
The Amsterdam District Court ruled that the platform had violated a country’s law which prohibits intermediaries from obtaining fees from both parties in a transaction.
As a result, Airbnb was forced to reimburse € 470 in fees to the customer who presented the case, but as lawyer Nicolaas Huppes told DutchNews.nl, the court ruling applies to all bookings made. by tourists living in the Netherlands. The article reported that Huppes told the Amsterdam daily Het Parool that Airbnb will now be the subject of complaints from anyone who has paid the 15% hosting fee since 2015 with intermediaries involved.
Indeed, the reservation platform will now be able to secure only the 3.6% of fees that it charges to owners.
Huppes said, “It’s no small thing, it’s a 16-page judgment. Three judges have reviewed this case and I will be interested to see how they react.
In October 2015, the ruling prohibiting intermediaries from representing both parties, which applies to real estate, employment mediation and financial products, was adopted by the Dutch Supreme Court. Huppes added that he was set to pursue other individual or group claims against Airbnb for a 30% commission.
In a statement, an Airbnb spokesperson said the court ruling violated the ruling issued by the European Court of Justice. [CJEU] in December 2019, in which Airbnb was judged as an online platform rather than an agent [or middleman].
They said: “Airbnb told the Parish he would appeal the decision, arguing that similar claims had been rejected by judges in Rotterdam and Utrecht. “This decision is contrary to European law.
“The European Court of Justice recently ruled that Airbnb is an online platform and not an agent. Dutch law enforcement violates this decision, ”they added.