Walloon region simplifies home sharing rules

Today we are pleased to share good news from the Walloon Region in Belgium, where the government has introduced new rules that make it clear that people in the region are free to share their homes with guests from around the world.

Cédric Vanden Berghe, Area Manager of Belvilla, André Offermans Co-CEO of Ardennes-Étape, René Collin, Minister of Tourism in Wallonia, Emmanuel Marill, Country Manager of Airbnb in France and in Belgium (from left to right)

The Walloon region has adopted a progressive and proportionate new legal framework. The Code ensures that people can share their homes without any burdensome procedures, as long as they notify the relevant authorities via a simple online process and follow basic safety rules.  

René Collin, Tourism Minister for the Walloon Region, said:

The aim is to adapt the current legislation to the new forms of collaborative tourism. It’s important to ensure a satisfying quality level for all our accommodations, particularly in terms of security and of tourist protection.

We are pleased the Walloon region has joined the growing list of European destinations that are embracing home sharing. The new rules in Wallonia are easy to follow and are good news for local families who want to boost their income and help spread benefits to more communities and local businesses. They are also good news for travellers who want to visit the Walloon Region. We look forward to continuing to be good partners to everyone in Wallonia and across Belgium.

In 2016, 2,500 Walloons shared their homes and welcomed close to 100,000 visitors. The typical Airbnb host in the Walloon region earned an additional €2,000 by sharing their space for 20 nights per year.

More information on the new rules in the Walloon region and the notification process can be found here.

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