Airbnb deals with protest from Europe’s leading traveler cities

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Ten traveler cities in Europe have actually united to ask the European Union to do more in assisting them control Airbnb. In a joint declaration provided Thursday, the cities stated the short-term leasings promoted on Airbnb’s website are hurting their real estate markets and increasing the expense of lease. The declaration was signed by agents of Amsterdam; Barcelona, Spain; Berlin; Bordeaux, France; Brussels; Krakow, Poland; Munich; Paris; Valencia, Spain; and Vienna.

“Where homes can be used more lucratively for renting out to tourists, they disappear from the traditional housing market, prices are driven up even further and housing of citizens who live and work in our cities is hampered,” the joint declaration checks out. “European cities believe that homes should be used first and foremost for living in.”

The joint declaration was triggered by a nonbinding viewpoint provided by the supporter general of the European Court of Justice in April. The viewpoint stated Airbnb need to be categorized as an innovation platform, instead of a lodging company. This might suggest that Airbnb would not always need to comply with the exact same laws that govern bed and breakfasts, hotels and other trip leasings. The viewpoint has yet to be validated by the court.

Airbnb has more than 6 million listings in more than 191 nations (practically every nation in the world) and remains in almost 100,000 cities. That’s more listings than the leading 5 hotel chains integrated. But Airbnb has actually dealt with suits and stringent policies in a number of those significant cities all over the world. Along with the 10 European cities, United States cities, like New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and Los Angeles, have likewise fought the business over policies and information sharing. 

Critics state Airbnb has actually added to the real estate crunch by triggering property owners to take rentals off the marketplace to profit from short-term leasings. The business has actually likewise been implicated of refraining from doing enough to assist cities battle “bad actors” who unlawfully rent a number of houses on the site. 

Airbnb states its intent is to be “good partners to cities.”

“The opinion of the Advocate General provides a clear overview of what rules apply to collaborative economy platforms like Airbnb and how these rules help create opportunities for consumers,” an Airbnb representative stated in an e-mail. “We have worked with more than 500 governments around the world on measures to help hosts share their homes, follow the rules and pay their fair share of tax. As we move forward, we want to continue working with everyone to put locals at the heart of sustainable 21st century travel.”

In their joint declaration, the 10 European cities stated every city is various which the European Court of Justice should not use one blanket viewpoint to all of them. They worried the significance of city governments having the ability to present their own Airbnb policies.

“One thing must be clear: A carte blanche for holiday rental platforms is not the solution,” the declaration checks out. “Cities must protect the public interest and eliminate the adverse effects of short term holiday rental in various ways. More nuisances, feelings of insecurity and a ‘touristification’ of their neighbourhoods is not what our residents want.”

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