22 cities call for stronger European regulation of holiday rental platforms

4 March 2020

Many European cities are struggling to manage the continuous growth of Short Term Holiday Rentals offered by online platforms.

These cities acknowledge that tourism is an important source of income and employment for many people and they do not oppose new forms of holiday rentals.

But tourism rental in private homes can only be done responsibly if the necessary regulation is in place. Today we see far too many cases of illegal renting of houses. And, cities’ primary duty is to accommodate the people who wish to live and work in our cities.

Current European legislation makes it very difficult for city administrations to take effective measures against globally operating short-term rental companies.

The 22* cities are therefore calling for a new European legislative framework for the Digital Single Market, which will ensure that holiday rental platforms are obliged to share relevant data with city administrations.

For further background see the attached position paper.

* The 22 cities are: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Cologne, Florence, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Krakow, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Porto, Prague, Utrecht, Valencia, Vienna and Warsaw