Airbnb to introduce length of stay restrictions in London and Amsterdam

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UK: Airbnb has bowed to pressure from regulators to restrict the number of nights that hosts can rent out their homes in London and Amsterdam.

The decision marks the first time Airbnb has agreed to enforce annual rental limits, and will see the company automatically preventing hosts in London from renting their homes for more than 90 nights a year, unless they have the required change-of use planning permission from their local authority.

"This will make it easier for hosts in London to act in the best interests of everyone in the city," said Airbnb, adding that the company wanted to "ensure home sharing grows responsibly and sustainably".

In Amsterdam, Airbnb will enforce the city's 60-night limit on short-term rentals and will also start collecting any neighbours' complaints about nearby Airbnb units.

The announcement comes while Airbnb is in negotiations with regulators in New York and San Francisco, which have both cracked down on use of the service. It recently agreed to enforce a "one host, one home" policy that prevents landlords having multiple listings in New York and San Francisco. It is yet to announce enforced annual rental limits in those cities.


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