Like many different cities, Amsterdam is in search of new methods to guard itself from overtourism and guarantee it stays a pleasing place to each reside and go to. Now it’s introduced new guidelines to halve the period of time locals can lease their properties on Airbnb.
Currently, folks who both personal their home or have permission from their landlord, can lease out their total home for 60 days per 12 months. From 2019 onwards, this can be diminished to 30 days. Hosts additionally have to register with the council and maintain the occupancy to simply 4 folks. The end result for guests is much less lodging to select from.
Despite the prevailing rules, there are some folks who do break the foundations, though it’s unclear how widespread the issue is. A Dutch newspaper stated that at the very least 6000 properties broke the foundations in 2017 – together with 5000 who rented out their properties completely – whereas Airbnb claims the determine is extra like 1000.
The metropolis’s housing alderman Laurens Ivens stated: “I recognise that reducing the length of time is not the solution to city congestion but it will reduce the problems caused by tourists in some areas.”
The cap will have an effect on another short-term rental platform too however Airbnb can be most closely affected. There are almost 19,000 Airbnb properties in Amsterdam with 21% of the town’s hosts managing a number of listings.
Airbnb denounced the transfer in a press release, saying their renters have been “disappointed in your intention to have large hotels prevail over Amsterdam families who occasionally share their homes.” They additionally warned that the brand new guidelines might infringe on the general public’s proper to property and to offer companies.
Short-term leases aren’t the one goal within the council’s sights. The lodge tax has risen to six% this 12 months and in September they stated they have been additionally contemplating a further €10 tax per room to encourage vacationers to offer extra again to the town.