Report says 41% of Airbnb owners in Amsterdam break 60-day rule

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The growth of vacation rental agency Airbnb in Amsterdam is slowing and last year the number of people offering their homes to vacationers through the online platform declined, according to a report by Colliers Real Estate Advisory Group.

The numbers come from data analytics company AirDNA, which retrieves the website for information on users and owners. Airbnb itself has not released any figures for 2018 and the report does not include other online platforms.

AirDNA says there has been a 5% drop in the number of nights spent in Airbnb accommodations, bringing the total to just under two million. At the same time, the number of apartments for rent through the website fell by more than 8% to 25,380.

This reduced Airbnb’s share of the Amsterdam vacation rental market to 10%, compared to hotels and hostels, Colliers said.

Nonetheless, the Colliers report also states that 41% of the accommodations offered through the site were rented for more than the official 60-day limit. This year, the limit was further reduced to just 30. Last year, one in five homes was rented for more than 120 days, the scratching service said.

“It’s shocking,” said Dirk Bakker, President of Colliers said the Parool. “Airbnb will not enforce the rules and Amsterdam would appear to be unable to do so. It is a political failure.

Defective

Airbnb told DutchNews.nl that the report is flawed and uses flawed methodology.

“As Amsterdam residents staying on Airbnb increased in 2018, the number of listings shared more than 60 nights a year without permission was eradicated on Airbnb in the city,” the spokesperson said.

“Airbnb is part of the solution to the mass tourism problems caused by large hotels – which congregate large numbers of tourists in overcrowded hotspots – and helps deliver lasting benefits to ordinary people and their communities, which do not typically enjoy not tourism. “

City rules

In February, Amsterdam authorities failed to strike a deal with Airbnb and other online vacation rental agencies to ensure the city’s 30-day limit is met.

City council is due to debate the tourist rental industry next week and has so far declined to comment on the Colliers report.

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