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Ban Airbnb rentals say Amsterdam city councillors

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Ban Airbnb rentals say Amsterdam city councillors


By Janene Pieters
With additional reporting by Zack Newmark.
November 22, 2017


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The Amsterdam faction of labour party PvdA wants to ban holiday apartment rentals in the Dutch capital, including those available through sites like Airbnb. This ban applies to the rental of complete homes, but not the letting of single rooms, meaning the proposal would not affect true Bed & Breakfasts, according to the party's election program released ahead of the 2018 municipal elections, Het Parool reports.

Amsterdam has a strict 60-night limit on the amount of time a vacation rental may be offered in a city home, but half of Dutch Airbnb landlords ignore this, according to a study released in August. A representative of Airbnb called the study "flawed."

The PvdA is the first Amsterdam party to put a ban on holiday rentals in its election program. Other parties included stricter measures and reducing the maximum rental limit from 60 nights per year down to 30.

"We spend a huge amount of money on enforcement of illegal rentals, but we can not get the nuisance under control. In the meantime vacation rentals mean higher house prices, without the city getting anything out of it", PvdA faction leader Marjolein Moorman said to the newspaper.

The city does collect a tourist tax from Airbnb listings, which equals five percent of both the rental price and cleaning fee. This rises to six percent in 2018. The tourist tax total is expected to raise nine million euros in revenue annually after the increase.

The city's finance alderman, Udo Kock of D66, floated a plan last year to raise the tax on vacation rentals and hotels as a way of combating the influx of stag parties and low budget tourism. In May, Kock's D66 colleague, Public Space Alderman Abdeluheb Choho, said he wanted to see the tourist tax tripled from five to 15 percent.




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Post by notsofasteddie » Thu 23rd Nov 2017 12:34 pm

Unclear if Amsterdam can ban Airbnb, vacation rentals

By Janene Pieters
November 23, 2017


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It is unclear whether the municipality of Amsterdam will be able to implement a ban on renting entire homes to tourists through sites like Airbnb, as the Amsterdam faction of the PvdA proposed doing in its election program for the upcoming municipal elections.

Amsterdam alderman Laurens Ivens believes that such a ban is impossible. "We literally put this question to the Ministry of Home Affairs and then Minister Ronald Plasterk replied that this was not possible", he said to Het Parool. As SP party leader in Amsterdam, Ivens shares the PvdA's ambition to do something about these holiday rentals, but he doesn't think a complete ban will work.

The Ministry of Home Affairs never told Amsterdam that such a ban is impossible, a spokesperson for the ministry said to Financieele Dagblad. According to the spokesperson, the Ministry never investigated whether a complete ban infringes on property rights. "The question is how exactly they want to arrange it", he said to FD. "If they want to arrange it via the zoning plan, then it has other implications than via the Housing Act."

The Ministry did look into Amsterdam's plan to ban renting out a home on Airbnb for more than 60 days per year, which the Dutch capital implemented at the start of this year. According to the spokesperson, no homeowners filed a lawsuit against this measure so far.

The PvdA's plan is to ban the rental of entire homes via sites like Airbnb, but not the letting of single rooms, meaning the proposal would not affect true Bed & Breakfasts. According to the party, these holiday rentals cause too many undesirable situations. Such as skyrocketing housing prices, which can partly be attributed to this type of house sharing.

"We now see, for example, that people have to rent out their house because otherwise they can no longer pay their mortgage", Marjolein Moorman, PvdA leader in Amsterdam, said to BNR. "Many people can therefore no longer live in the city. But the cohesion is also disappearing. Some local residents no longer see neighbors. Only tourists."

The PvdA thinks that allowing the rental of single rooms, such as with B&Bs, will be allowable as long as the owner still sleeps in his or her house. "Then you are at home yourself and you can make sure that six drunken English tourists don't make noise all night", Moorman said to the broadcaster.



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Post by notsofasteddie » Wed 24th Jan 2018 05:32 pm

Some 1.7 million stayed in Dutch Airbnb locations; Half in Amsterdam


By Janene Pieters
January 24, 2018


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Last year a total of 1.7 million people rented accommodation in the Netherlands through Airbnb, compared to 1.4 million in 2016 and only 75 thousand in 2012, the company announced. Almost half of the rentals were in Amsterdam, NOS reports.

The number of rentals listed on the house sharing site also increased, from 31 thousand in 2016 to 36 thousand last year. Around 19 percent of Airbnb guests came from the Netherlands itself, the rest were foreign visitors.

Amsterdam accounts for more than half of the listed accommodations with 19 thousand, and hosted almost half of the visitors, around 800 thousand. Yet the strongest growth could be seen outside the large Dutch cities. Airbnb tourism in places like Valkenburg in Limburg, Scharendijke in Zeeland, Augustinusga in Friesland and Tynaarlo in Drenthe more than doubled over the past year.

Airbnb revealed these figures in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. The Kamer is discussing the spread of tourism in the Netherlands on Wednesday. According to Airbnb, the company is contributing to this spread.




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Post by notsofasteddie » Sat 27th Jan 2018 01:48 pm

Amsterdam, other EU cities, urge Brussels to take action on Airbnb data


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Eight European cities are writing to the European Commission to demand new rules for holiday rental platforms.

Laurens Ivens, deputy mayor of Amsterdam, announced at the end of a two-day holiday rental conference that the cities involved will demand platforms such as Airbnb and Booking.com are legally obliged to share data with regulators, and new ‘quality rules’ mean hosts cannot be anonymous.

A spokeswoman for Amsterdam city told DutchNews.nl that it is spending €4 million a year in policing casual holiday rentals, including scraping data from the web to see whether hosts are breaking the current rules of a maximum 60 days per year.

‘We will ask the commission to look at quality rules for platforms, so that a platform cannot only put anonymous hosts on its site but it is clear who is offering houses,’ said Ivens to journalists.


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‘It’s crazy that all sorts of products have quality rules, so why not ensure we know who is offering a house? If you want to have a platform operating in Europe, you must make it known who the landlord is – and then in Amsterdam we can decide if it is for 30 days or in Paris, for 120 days. It can be done via a registration number on the site, for instance.’

The second demand from the cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Vienna, Paris, Reykjavik, Krakow and Brussels, is that platforms share data with them, on demand.

‘Platforms can now avoid sharing data with us, and we find that crazy,’ added Ivens. ‘The data includes who the landlords are and who the renters are: I find this very relevant, but the moment I ask platforms for this, they refuse on the basis that it is protected by European e-commerce rules.’

He added that, particularly with the European General Data Protection Regulation which comes into effect in April, this kind of requirement needs to be dealt with on a European level.

Addressing the conference delegates in English at the end of the second annual event, he said: ‘We have the same problems and we have focused in these sessions on enforcement. Tourism isn’t new for us, but the volume of tourists is. Of course all these tourists bring in a lot of money but they also bring a lot of disturbance.


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‘The constant noise of suitcase wheels on the pavement outside, residents losing their sense of community because of all of the strangers in their building, and large groups of tourists in too-small apartments bothering neighbours – that has to stop, in every city.’

The Socialist Party alderman added, building on a theme he has already talked about: ‘An additional problem is that illegal holiday rentals are reducing the number of properties available on the housing market. Above all, it is my responsibility to ensure that residents in Amsterdam can rent or buy properties at reasonable prices and that Amsterdam stays the wonderful city it is.’

Two other cities, Berlin and London, which could not attend, will be asked if they want to sign the letter and Ivens intends to send it to the European Commission by February.


Restrictions

From next year, Amsterdam will only allow people to rent their homes for 30 days, and last year it introduced fines of at least €6,000 for illegal holiday rentals – writing to residents to encourage them to report instances of abuse.

Following local protests at the ‘Disneyfication‘ of the Dutch capital, it has also put a stop to new tourist shops on certain central streets while the government is discussing ways to spread the record 17.6 million national tourists throughout the country.

Airbnb told DutchNews.nl in a reaction: ‘Airbnb already limits the number of nights hosts can share their homes in Amsterdam and shares data on the positive impacts of home sharing. The best way to be good partners to cities is for other companies to step-up and follow our lead.’




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Post by notsofasteddie » Thu 8th Feb 2018 01:32 am

Airbnb listings in Amsterdam up over 4 pct.; City to continue tough stance

By Janene Pieters
February 7, 2018


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The number of Airbnb listings in Amsterdam increased by only 4 percent last year, bringing a seeming end to the explosive growth in holiday house sharing listings in the Dutch capital. The number of ads on other house sharing platforms also hardly increased, if at all. Last year Amsterdam handed out a total of 4.2 million euros in fines for housing fraud, the vast majority of which was for illegal vacation rentals.

"Homes are for living in. The most important goal of our enforcement is to put an end to the illegal use of homes", housing alderman Laurens Ivens said in a press release on Wednesday. "Our approach is increasingly successful. In 2017 a total of 1,407 became available for living in again."

In December 2017, Airbnb counted 18,852 Amsterdam ads, compared to 18,042 in January 2017, according to Het Parool. Holiday rentals on house sharing sites are most common in the Amsterdam districts of West, and Centrum. There was a decrease in ads for accommodation in Zuid.

Amsterdam has a larger range of holiday rentals on house sharing sites than Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, and Madrid, and only slightly less than Rome. Paris has the most listings in Europe, followed by London. The average price of an Airbnb rental is highest in Amsterdam at 140 euros per home. London comes in second place with 113 euros.

Last month Airbnb announced that 1.7 million people rented accommodation in the Netherlands through the site in 2017. Almost half of the rentals were in Amsterdam.

Just because the growth in Airbnb listings seems to be slowing down, doesn't mean that Amsterdam will slacken its tough approach to holiday rentals in the city. Early this year the municipality announced that it is reducing the maximum number of days a home can be rented out on house sharing sites from 60 to 30. This takes effect on January 1st, 2019. Amsterdam residents who rent out their home on sites like Airbnb are now also obliged to register their listings with the municipality, or risk a hefty fine.

“Airbnb is proud to help Amsterdammers share their homes responsibly and pay their fair share of tax. We are disappointed other platforms are failing to take similar steps to help make the city stronger. We encourage other platforms to step up and do the right thing so Amsterdammers can keep sharing the best of their communities and the city they love with the world,” Bernard D’heygere, an Airbnb representative said to NL Times.



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Post by Old Timer » Mon 12th Feb 2018 05:02 pm

This is bad news for those of us who use airbnb in Amsterdam.
I've been using them for years in Amsterdam and prices have already gone up quite a lot since the law was introduced last year.
Shame.

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Post by Junglist Movement » Sat 17th Feb 2018 08:19 pm

Yeah I was doing a quick search on air n I was startled at how much it's gone up in price.

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Post by notsofasteddie » Tue 18th Sep 2018 01:04 pm

Amsterdam wants Airbnb to get tough on illegal rentals

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Amsterdam’s housing alderman Laurence Ivens has accused online holiday rentals company Airbnb of not doing enough to combat illegal letting and has threatened not to renew an agreement the city has had with the platform since 2013.

Some 20,000 homes were on offer on the rental site this year, a rise of 500 on 2017, despite council efforts to bring holiday rentals under control. The city’s agreement with Airbnb on stamping out illegal rentals expires at the end of this year, and Ivens says the American company must do more.

Research by local broadcaster AT5 showed that it is still easy for people living in rent-controlled properties to put their homes up for hire by tourists, even though this is illegal.

Nor does Airbnb stop people from renting out their homes for three times the permitted 60 days a year by posting their ad multiple times, the documentary claims.

The only way officials can check if the law is being broken is to send out inspectors, Ivens said. This is time-consuming and not effective because it needs to be repeated day in, day out, Ivens said. He is now going to increase the number of inspectors to 80.

Amsterdam home owners can rent out their property through holiday rental platforms for no more than 60 days a year and to no more than four people at one time. Landlords also have to register each let with the city council.

Next January the maximum period for rentals will be cut to 30 days and officials are also looking at bringing in total bans in the busiest parts of the city.

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People caught breaking the rules can be fined €6,000 for a first offence, mounting to €20,000 for repeated illegal rentals. City officials handed out 148 fines in the first six months of this year and closed 61 apartments which were being rented out illegally to too many people.

Laurens told AT5 that he is happy to sit with Airbnb to work out a new deal. ‘I am happy to meet them and see if we can come up with a tighter deal, and it is up to them if they want to serve the city,’ he said.

‘But I am not going to continue like this,’ Ivens told the broadcaster. Amsterdam signed its first pioneering agreement on limiting rentals with Airbnb in 2014.

DutchNews.nl has approached Airbnb for comment


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Post by RoMoney » Wed 19th Sep 2018 11:39 am

As someone who lives in an area which is seeing more and more airbnb rentals, I have to say it's losing it's appeal as a model for me. I've had interesting conversations in AMS and BCN with locals about the issue also as they are both cities heavily impacted by it's explosion and it definitely impacts rent prices.

I think staying in a hotel or a hostel while less convenient (and not so cheap always in the case of hotels) in a way it's more responsible tourism. Is there such as thing as fair trade tourism? :lol:

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Post by notsofasteddie » Wed 26th Sep 2018 04:00 pm

Minister announces plans to tackle holiday letting website ‘excesses’


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Local councils and holiday rental websites have agreed to work together on a registration system to advertise housing to tourists, and it will be up and running within a year, home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren told MPs on Tuesday evening.

Councils such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, and platforms including Airbnb and Booking.com have agreed to work on developing a system which involve giving every property a unique registration number, the minister said.

The registration number will be included in the advert and will allow local authorities to see exactly where properties are being rented out without requiring the rental websites to give information to the authorities, Ollongren said.

‘It is important, and that is why the meetings of the past few months have been so valuable, that everyone sees substance in this and that the big platforms, including Airbnb, work together on the registration procedure and a well-functioning system,’ Ollongren said.

Amsterdam in particular has been campaigning for more powers to stop people breaking the local rules on holiday housing rentals, and has accused Airbnb of failing to cooperate fully.

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The minister said she also planned to look into ways of making sure landlords declared their earnings to the tax office – which may be possible via the registration system.

During Tuesday’s debate on holiday rental websites, the VVD and SP handed in a joint motion which would make fraud with housing an economic crime. This would enable the authorities to take action against websites like Airbnb and Booking.com for facilitating crime, the MPs sai.

Ollongren told the MPs that she would look into the legal implications of the proposal. MPs will be able to vote on the issue next week.

Airbnb said in a website statement that it believes a simple and online system will make it easier for hosts to follow the rules and will ‘allow cities to get more insights on their home sharing communities and help with enforcement while respecting national and European privacy rules’.



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Post by Carver99 » Mon 8th Oct 2018 09:10 pm

Personally, I wouldn't stay in an Air BNB again after my experience in dam last time.

It was obviously run by a slum lord, despite the great pictures - it was in a horrible block of flats that was infested with fruit flies.

It spoilt what was otherwise an amazing trip in amsterdam

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Post by Old Timer » Tue 9th Oct 2018 02:51 am

Carver99 wrote:
Mon 8th Oct 2018 09:10 pm
Personally, I wouldn't stay in an Air BNB again after my experience in dam last time.

It was obviously run by a slum lord, despite the great pictures - it was in a horrible block of flats that was infested with fruit flies.

It spoilt what was otherwise an amazing trip in amsterdam
Add the link so others know to avoid it.

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Post by CopenhagenCouple » Thu 11th Oct 2018 04:51 pm

Old Timer wrote:
Tue 9th Oct 2018 02:51 am
Carver99 wrote:
Mon 8th Oct 2018 09:10 pm
Personally, I wouldn't stay in an Air BNB again after my experience in dam last time.

It was obviously run by a slum lord, despite the great pictures - it was in a horrible block of flats that was infested with fruit flies.

It spoilt what was otherwise an amazing trip in amsterdam
Add the link so others know to avoid it.
+2... And possibly even more important, write a nasty review through AirBnB so that the rest of us won't be screwed over also...

Gotta say that we've had nothing but good (to downright amazing) experiences using AirBnB 8n Amsterdam, Nugs can testify to the niceness of two of the places we've stayed and the third one, although not as swanky as the two others was very fairly priced, available on two days notice and was right across from Roopram Roti on Van Wousstraat in De Pijp, so great location if you're not looking to be smack in the center.

We can kinda see the point wrt exploding rent costs for tenants (and high prices also if you are looking to buy), but that can also be ascribed partially to a screwy general market for accommodation in these cities...

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