Were you hoping to find a three-night Airbnb stay for your upcoming trip to Amsterdam? Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad news — but you may struggle. 😬
The rental platform Airbnb, among others, has lost major listing availability in Amsterdam due to a registration requirement enforced by the municipality.
As of April 2021, the city of Amsterdam requires a permit and a registration number from those who wish to rent out their property. And if you have no permit? You’ll have major problems — up to €21,750 in fines to be exact. 💸
The results: a drastic drop in Airbnb listings
Amsterdam is certainly not losing its popularity, but according to the NOS, the number of listed Airbnb addresses took a sharp drop from 16,648 to just 2,924. 😱
Combined with other providers such as Booking.com and Expedia, among others — the total number of short-term rental properties in the Dutch capital plummeted from 18,715 to 4,128.
A permit system to tackle Amsterdam’s housing crisis
The municipality’s latest addition regarding a registration number comes in as an effort to prevent houses from being solely rented out to tourists. Decisions that come as no surprise with the existing Dutch housing shortage out there. 🏚
There have been several attempts to restrict holiday rentals in Amsterdam, such as a maximum rental period of 30 days per year along with a maximum of four tenants at a time — all of which was impossible to track since platforms don’t share data. 💳
As a result, there are now several Airbnb guidelines in place for Amsterdam hosts. The website additionally deactivated any ads without a registration number as the company is actively cooperating with Amsterdam city’s measures.
What do you think of the latest measures and consequences of Amsterdam’s permit system? Tell us in the comments below!
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