Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Vienna want more support from the European Union in their fight against tourist rental through online platforms like Airbnb.
They issued a joint statement in response to a ruling by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice stating that Airbnb is an informal service provider and therefore needs to take little to no responsibility for complying with holiday rental rules.
Their statement said that “vacation rental is harmful to the vulnerable housing market and will affect the quality of life even more.”
It added “If residents no longer feel protected, this undermines confidence in European politics. It is high time that new rules are introduced that protect the housing market and guarantee the quality of life in cities.”
Amsterdam now only allows tourist rentals for a maximum of 30 days per year, but Airbnb no longer helps to enforce this rule. Amsterdam residents also have to report to the municipality when they rent their homes to tourists, but this too is not enforced by Airbnb.