2 April 2020
BRUSSELS — European cities cracking down on short-term rentals of private homes like those on Airbnb got a boost on Thursday after an adviser to Europe’s top court said they have the right to vet such rentals to tackle the shortage of long-term housing.
The homesharing site’s rapid growth over the last decade has posed a challenge for authorities in cities from Amsterdam to New York and Paris which have accused Airbnb of worsening housing shortages and pushing out lower-income residents.
“A shortage of long-term housing constitutes an overriding reason of public interest capable of justifying a national measure, which requires authorisation to be obtained for the repeated letting of residential accommodation for short periods to a transit clientele,” Bobek said.
The New York Times
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