In case you’re seeking to journey to the Netherlands within the subsequent few years, chances are you’ll need to act sooner quite than later — that’s, if you happen to intend on staying in an Airbnb throughout your trip. Lawmakers in Amsterdam have determined to scale back the variety of nights hosts are in a position to lease out their houses by 50 %, which signifies that a bunch can solely supply lodging for 30 nights per year. The brand new rule will go into impact in 2019. Whereas Airbnb shouldn’t be the one firm affected by the choice (the legislation will apply to all residence sharing platforms), it’s definitely one of many best-known and most widely-used companies by each company and hosts.
Airbnb has confronted a string of difficult laws in the previous few years. For instance, Paris requires its hosts to register their flats by means of town to make sure compliance. The French capital additionally limits the variety of nights flats could be made accessible, although it’s far much less stringent than Amsterdam at 120.
And again in 2016, Berlin banned renting out entire homes and flats to Airbnb company (except hosts have a allow). Ought to of us attempt to sneak their method round this legislation, the repercussions might be costly — hosts face fines of as much as $115,000 for giving their company full privateness.
It’s not solely in Europe that the rental platform has confronted regulatory hurdles. The corporate has lengthy been at odds with its hometown of San Francisco — in 2016, Airbnb sued San Francisco for what it referred to as a “damaged registration course of” after town required Airbnb and related companies to publish registration numbers on marketed listings … or be fined $1,000 per day till the listings have been eliminated. Since then, tempers have cooled, as the 2 events settled their disagreements in Might 2017, with Airbnb agreeing to be extra clear about its hosts and adjust to present registration legal guidelines.
Whereas Airbnb isn’t prone to go to courtroom over Amsterdam’s newest resolution, the corporate has famous its disappointment. “The Airbnb neighborhood — consisting of 19,000 Amsterdam landlords — is disenchanted in your intention to have massive motels prevail over Amsterdam households who sometimes share their houses and punish them for the shortcomings of different platforms to advertise accountable vacation leases,” Bo de Koning, the corporate’s public coverage supervisor for the Netherlands and Scandinaiva, mentioned in a statement. Solely time will inform if town decides to re-up its restrict to the present 60 days.