Amsterdam joins other big cities, including San Francisco, New York City, and Paris, in a bid to shut down illegal vacation rentals.
Posted on Sep 1, 2016 by Janene Pieters
The city of Amsterdam is looking at tightening the rules surrounding vacation rentals – renting your home out to tourists. The city is also increasing the penalties for not following the rules – from now on the fine for a first offense will be 20,500 euros, instead of 13,500 euros. And an inspector can close a house immediately, instead of only at fire hazard, the Telegraaf reports.
According to the newspaper, the city council is trying to protect the housing supply and make sure that all neighborhoods have a good quality of life. The new measures must reduce nuisance caused by tourist rentals.
The city is also looking for ways to reduce the maximum period your house can be rented to tourists from 60 to 30 days per year.
It is currently allowed for Amsterdam residents to rent their homes or rooms in their homes to tourists through sites like Airbnb, but only under strict conditions. These include not doing so for more than 60 days a year and not renting to more than four people at a time.
Tourism in the Dutch capital is an ever growing industry, but this also has consequences for residents, such as overcrowding and disturbances caused by partying tourists. The Amsterdam city council is therefore working hard to stop illegal rentals and reduce nuisance to residents.
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Posted on Aug 11, 2016 by Janene Pieters
Over this past month the municipality of Amsterdam found and addressed 20 illegal vacation rentals in the city. Two of these “illegal hotels” were closed immediately due to fire hazard and all 20 “hotel owners” can face a fine of between 13,500 and 20 thousand euros, Het Parool reports.
The illegal rentals were discovered thanks to the so-called Summer Hotline – a hotline on which Amsterdam residents can report suspicion of illegal rentals or disturbances. The idea is that a team of inspectors immediately responds to all reports.
The municipality opened the hotline because of an increase in complaints about illegal vacation rentals during the summer months. Amsterdam residents are allowed to rent out their property, but only under strict conditions – they my not do so for more than 60 days per year and not to more than four people at a time.
The hotline opened on July 14th and will remain open until August 21st. From Thursday to Sunday local residents can report nuisance on municipal number 14020.
Last year 27 illegal hotels were found via the hotline.