Using Airbnb in the Netherlands? Registering with the government will soon be mandatory

Are you an Airbnb host living in the Netherlands? Or are you an Airbnb user visiting the land of the Dutch? If so, you might want to read this!

Soon it will be mandatory to register your Airbnb home with your municipality in the Netherlands.

The reason: tourists are being a nuisance, mostly in Amsterdam (not exactly flabbergasting news, I know). But the people leasing to these tourists are also causing a spot of bother, particularly for Minister Ollongren of Home Affairs, who knows that landlords are renting out rooms willy-nilly. In the capital, for instance, Airbnb hosts are not strictly allowed to do this for more than 60 days each year.

You sneaky things.

Airbnb was against registering your home with the government

Whilst the company itself used to be very much against this idea – Airbnb claimed it would slow down innovation and not benefit those who needed the money most – they are now on board. On one hand, this will prevent illegal advertising and maintain the enforcement of national and European privacy laws.

On the other hand, in countries where this is already being enforced, the amount of available accommodations is declining rapidly. As most people don’t like complying with rules and regulations and all that faff, a lot of users are deleting their accounts. Even in San Francisco, the birthplace of Airbnb, the number of rooms have halved. And in Japan Airbnb accommodations decreased by 80%.

It’s unclear when exactly it will be introduced officially over here. But, if you are a lessor, you might want to get registered and slip a registration number into your Airbnb advert. Yes – the government is watching.

Abbie Neale
Abbie, a writer from the UK, fell in love with the Netherlands when she was three years old. When she’s not spending her free time painting canals or playing the guitar, she’ll be off travelling somewhere (and probably getting lost).

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