Published on : Friday, December 2, 2016
There is now an automatic limit from Airbnb Inc. to the number of nights hosts can rent out their homes. And this came at the time when the platform is facing increasing pressure from cities and governments.
For the hosts planning to rent their homes for more than 90 days in London, are required to carry a valid license. The same is required for hosts who want to rent their houses for 60 days a year in Amsterdam.
The new rules strengthen existing guidelines set up in 2015. Airbnb will automatically limit home listings on its platform from 2017.
James McClure, Airbnb general manager for Northern Europe, said that they want to be good partners for everyone in [Amsterdam] and would ensure that home sharing grows responsibly and sustainably.
Airbnb in Amsterdam will be promoting a new tool for neighbours to share concerns about a home listing which will also include the noise complaints.
James Murray, deputy London mayor for housing and residential development, said in an emailed statement that they have been in discussion with London Boroughs to understand their concerns about enforcing existing legislation and this move by Airbnb is a very positive and sensible step forward.
Balancing local housing needs and new services for tourists are the major aspects of sharing economy service and should be taken up responsibly.