They blame Airbnb and similar platforms for the rising cost of living associated with excessive tourism.
The Alliance of European Cities (ECA), which unites 23 European cities, has published an open letter to the European Commission, calling on the EU to legally limit short-term rentals in the region.
Problem. In its letter, the ECA calls short-term rentals the main problem behind the rising cost of living caused by excessive tourism. According to 23 cities, short-term rentals "deprives" the city of its essence, pushing local residents away from the city center.
Here are the cities that signed a letter against short-term rentals:
- Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Arezzo, Italy
- Athens, Greece
- Barcelona, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- Bologna, Italy
- Bordeaux, France
- Brussels, Belgium
- Cologne, Germany
- Florence, Italy
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Helsinki, Finland
- Krakow, Poland
- London, United Kingdom
- Milan, Italy
- Munich, Germany
- Paris, France
- Porto, Portugal
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Utrecht, Netherlands
- Valencia, Spain
- Vienna, Austria
- Warsaw, Poland
- The letter lists Amsterdam as one of the centers most affected by commercial gentrification. As a result of this phenomenon, most of the properties located in the city center turn into places for renting to tourists. In the capital of the Netherlands, this has already led to the displacement of local residents to the suburbs and a dramatic change in the urban landscape.
- In Florence, Italy, and Krakow, Poland, there is a significant increase in rent for accommodation for tourists. Rates increased by 60% in Florence compared to 2015, and in Krakow – by a shocking 100% between 2014 and 2017.
- The alliance is promoting a "Short-Term Rental Initiative" that is expected to strictly regulate and restrict the availability of tourist spots.
- Cities are being urged to grant permission to local, regional and national authorities to set their own rules for short-term rentals.
- The Commission is seeking greater transparency from platforms such as Airbnb when sharing their data.
- The authors of the letter want to create a practical system that allows short-term rental companies to better understand and comply with EU rules.
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Source: Travel off Path
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