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Amsterdam to allow occasional Airbnb vacation rentals

Loek Essers | June 10, 2013
Amsterdam authorities have conceded that people may rent out their rooms and houses on Airbnb as long as they don't do it all the time and abide by certain rules, the city government said on Friday.

While the new rules give occasional vacation renters some legroom, the city still views about 20 percent of Airbnb's Amsterdam listings as illegal hotels, Schotte said. The city will crack down on illegal hoteliers who commercially rent fully equipped houses year round without a permit, he added.

Amsterdam and Airbnb officials met twice to discuss the city's grievances, Schotte said. Since then, Airbnb added warnings on the site alerting renters they should pay tourism taxes with links to Amsterdam regulation, Schotte said.

However, these warnings are not clear enough, Schotte said, adding that more changes should be made. Airbnb, for instance, could collect the tourism taxes for the city, but international regulations could make that difficult, he said. But Airbnb could add a link to a city Web portal where renters can pay the tourism taxes, he said.

Airbnb did not reply to a request for comment.

 

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