Barcelona, ​​​​London, Berlin… How European cities have tightened the rules against Airbnb

France has just decided to tighten taxes on tourist furniture rentals. Across Europe, other cities have decided to play along.

From Barcelona to London to Amsterdam, the rules have tightened for Airbnb, accused of driving up rents while reducing the supply of rentals.

In France, the deputies on Monday approved in the first reading a text to further regulate the tourist furniture rental sector. In particular, he intends to do reduce tax benefits regarding this type of housing, the implementation of energy performance diagnostics, and the provision of new regulatory tools to the mayors.

Toughening the law against Airbnbs: good or bad idea?  - 29/11
Toughening the law against Airbnbs: good or bad idea? – 29/11

In Barcelona, ​​there are no more rooms in local houses

In Barcelona, ​​where residents suffer nightly noise from partygoers and rents are rising, it is possible to rent a room in your apartment, since 2021, for stays of more than 31 days.

As in all of Spain, it is mandatory to obtain a tourist license to rent apartments or villas to tourists. A document that is no longer issued in the city center.

The town hall of Spain’s second city, the first in terms of international tourist attendance, asked Airbnb and Homeaway for 600,000 euros to rent properties that did not have the necessary permits. Justice has not yet decided.

Amsterdam: 30 days a year maximum

Since 2019, Amsterdam has limited the rental of a house or barge through websites such as Airbnb to 30 days a year. In addition, the owners will be able to host a maximum of four people at a time (except in families with more than two children).

In addition, the license and registration number are mandatory. These rules also apply to house swaps.

Retreat to Berlin

After banning individuals from renting out their apartment in 2016, the city reversed course: only renting second homes has duration restrictions (up to 90 days per year). Renting a primary residence is subject to obtaining a permit.

90 night rule in London

In Greater London, the letting of entire homes is limited to 90 nights per year. A restriction that does not apply to the rental of rooms in private houses.

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