After entering into a mutual agreement in December 2014, Airbnb and Amsterdam at the end of 2016 announced to extend and strengthen their existing partnership, to further promote responsible and sustainable home sharing and combat illegal hotels. As part of this extended agreement, Airbnb introduced automated limits on 1 March 2017, to help ensure entire home listings are not shared for more than 60 days a year, unless hosts confirm they have a proper licence.
Data Airbnb shared with the City as part of the MoU at the beginning of January continues to show that Airbnb´s measures are helping hosts act in Amsterdam’s best interest. Below is an overview of the Airbnb community in Amsterdam as of January 1 2018, and the data Airbnb shared with the City of Amsterdam, which shows responsible home sharing via Airbnb is increasing:
- Airbnb counts around 19,000 active listings in Amsterdam, of which, just over 15,000 are entire home listings.
- Less than 5% of entire home listings were rented out for more than 60 days in the past year*, a decrease of almost three quarters compared to 2016.
Amsterdam has, however, not yet succeeded in having other platforms to follow suit in taking actions towards responsible home sharing. These platforms are failing to actively promote local rules, provide guidance on how to host responsibly or help hosts pay their fair share of tax.
James McClure, General Manager Northern Europe at Airbnb said:
“Amsterdam is strongest when it is shared responsibly. We encourage other platforms to step up and do the right thing so Amsterdammers can keep sharing the best of their communities and the city they love with the world.”