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Amsterdam to Impose 30-day Limit on Airbnb-style Rentals


In efforts to rein in short-term home rentals, officials in Amsterdam said the city would be imposing a cap of 30 nights per year as of 2019.

“During the last few years there has been massive growth in the market of renting out homes to tourists… The increase in numbers has had an (unwanted) effect on various Amsterdam neighborhoods,” a city council executive said in a statement, adding that the measure was aimed at stemming “the negative influence of holiday home rentals”.

Home owners in Amsterdam can currently lease out their properties through online rental platforms for 60 nights a year. Some 19,000 home owners are listed on Airbnb.

The online platform’s public policy manager for the Netherlands and Scandinavia, Bo de Koning, expressed disappointment with the city’s intention. Citing statistics, she noted that an Amsterdam proprietor earned less than 4,000 euros per year leasing their home for an average of less than three days per month, and added that in 2015 and 2016, Airbnb collected more than 11 million euros in tourist tax for the city.

A law in Greece which took effect at the start of the year in a first effort to regulate the practice, foresees a cap of 90 days per year at popular destinations (50 days at smaller destinations) and enrollment on an online registry.

Amsterdam, a destination suffering from increased tourist flows reaching 17 million tourists per year, is just one of many areas targeting short-term rental platforms.

Paris allows 120 night stays per year but has also obliged hosts to register their properties with the city so it can better track compliance. Authorities in Berlin, in efforts to address a shortage of affordable housing, prohibited non-city residents from leasing out entire homes through accommodation platforms without a permit. The cap there is 182 days per year.

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