Amsterdam bans Airbnb rentals to tourists
On 1 July the Dutch city of Amsterdam has decided to ban Airbnb and similar holiday rental platforms from three central districts.
In the remaining neighbourhoods, the letting of holiday homes will only be allowed with a permit, which limits the rental to tourists for a maximum of 30 nights a year. This decision is aimed at "restoring the balance between tourists and residents"
Airbnb in the Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam, has long been the subject of a campaign for regulation. Apartments, even in Den Haag, were often bought to end up on Airbnb and removed from the real estate market in this way.
The city conducted a survey of residents and local organisations before taking this decision and found that 75% of the poll was in favour of banning lettings to tourists in the districts of Burgwallen-Oude Zijde, Burgwallen-Nieuwe Zijde and Grachtengordel-Zuid.