Several mayors need EU assist to crack down on Airbnb

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Local leaders from main European cities need the house-sharing platform Airbnb to share information to assist them crack down on unlawful leases.

On Thursday, leaders from Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, amongst others, met with Commission Executive vp Margrethe Vestager to demand assist from Brussels.

Cities have earlier complained that the short-term rental increase distorts their housing markets by making houses unaffordable and that the shortage of knowledge sharing makes it more durable for them to tax the short-term rental market.

“You can’t have companies that are trying to get out of being regulated. They are trying to evade regulation and the enforcement of law”, Berlin’s secretary of state Wenke Christoph mentioned after the assembly.

Last yr, EU’s Court of Justice labeled Airbnb as a web based platform and never an actual property firm, which implies Airbnb is just not chargeable for unlawful content material and providers hosted on its platforms.

Later this yr, Brussels will publish new proposals, named the Digital Services Act, which may also regulate so-called sharing financial system platforms like Airbnb. Vestager mentioned that the rules will “take account of the needs of national and local administrations and compliance with local rules”.