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Amsterdam Clamps Down on Airbnb

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Amsterdam city councillors have reduced the limit on the number of nights apartments can be rented out on holiday rental platforms such as Airbnb.

The limit will be decreased to 30 nights a year and is expected to take force in 2019.

At present, Airbnb hosts can rent out their apartments for 60 days a year. They have to register with the council and can have no more than four people staying at the property.

Amsterdammers have long claimed that many apartments are permanently rented out to tourists, with many hosts regularly infringing on the council’s stipulations, something Airbnb refutes.

Why This Matters

Despite its best efforts, Airbnb has failed to assuage city council fears. Back in 2016, Airbnb agreed to take responsibility for ensuring hosts complied with the cap. It has also planned to introduce a tool allowing neighbours to report on anti-social behaviour.

In cities with limited housing stock, like Paris or Barcelona, Airbnb faces tighter restrictions as councils attempt to stop entire areas becoming completely devoted to short-term rentals. In destinations experiencing a boom in construction, such as Australia, authorities are more relaxed over the prospect of short-term rentals.

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