Airbnb

    • No more AirBnB rentals in Amsterdam's old centre

      No more AirBnB rentals in Amsterdam's old centre

      Amsterdam announced on Thursday that it would ban vacation rentals including those on the home-sharing site Airbnb in three areas that make up the central old town from 1 July. In the other neighbourhoods of the Dutch capital, vacation rentals will be allowed only with a special permit, and only for up to 30 days a year, to groups of no more than four people, Reuters adds.

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    • Prague using coronavirus crisis to put short-term rentals under control

      Prague using coronavirus crisis to put short-term rentals under control

      The Czech Republic capital is using the coronavirus crisis to get a firmer grip on short-term rentals, which in the last decade have driven out locals out of the Prague centre, news wires reported. Using state of emergency powers in place during the pandemic, the Czech parliament’s lower chamber fast-tracked a plan allowing local authorities to better collect tax and other information on short-term lets, Reuters reported.

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    • Airbnb to pay hosts $250m for COVID-19 cancellations

      Airbnb to pay hosts $250m for COVID-19 cancellations

      Airbnb said it is devoting $250m to help would-be hosts survive financial losses from refunds given to guests who cancelled travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move came as an olive branch of sorts extended to Airbnb hosts blindsided by a the home-sharing platform's decision several weeks ago to give full refunds to guests who cancelled reservations in order to stay home, as health officials and governments have urged.

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    • Airbnb wins french licensing case at ECJ

      Airbnb wins french licensing case at ECJ

      Online short-term rental platform Airbnb scored a victory against French hoteliers Thursday when the European Court of Justice ruled that the US giant is not an estate agent. The ECJ ruled that Airbnb should be considered "an 'information society service' instead, distinct from the subsequent service to which it relates."

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    • Europe's top tourist cities go against Airbnb

      Europe's top tourist cities go against Airbnb

      Ten tourist cities in Europe have joined together in a stand against world’s most popular online hospitality service Airbnb. In a joint statement addressed to the EU institutions last week, the signatories (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia, and Vienna) are asking bloc's authorities to assist them in their battle against the short-term lettings website, which they consider is not only locking locals out of the housing market, but also leading to the 'touristification of numerous neighbourhoods' and the increase of rental costs.

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    •  Paris sues Airbnb, seeks $14.2m

      Paris sues Airbnb, seeks $14.2m

      France is determined to prevent home sharing services from allowing makeshift hotels, and that now includes court action. On Friday several outlets said that the city of Paris is suing Airbnb over 1,000 ads that have allegedly violated a law designed to limit homeowners to renting their places for no more than 120 days per year. And on Sunday the Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo confirmed to the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that action had really been launched, in a move that could cost the booking platform about $14.2m (€12.5m).

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