Brussels will increase transparency requirements for portals like Airbnb
The European Comission presented a proposal on Monday to demand greater transparency requirements for online tourist rental platforms, such as Airbnb, a measure that aims to help public authorities reduce illegal accommodation. Brussels wants the owners of these accommodations to clearly specify to the authorities who they are, how many houses they have and where; a record that will have to be able to be done completely in digital formatafter which an identification number will be obtained.
The tourist rental platforms will have to randomly verify that the hosts have correctly registered their homes and if they show the public their registration number, in such a way that the authorities will be able to force companies to eliminate the accounts of those who do not comply with these requirements. In addition, the platforms will have to send the authorities once a month and in an automated way the data on the number of rental nights and on the guests.
Short-term rentals driven by digital platforms represent approximately 25% of tourist accommodation in the EUa trend that also continued during the pandemic, according to data provided by the Community Executive Rental reservations in the summers of 2020 and 2021 were higher than those of 2019, and figures during the first half of 2022 increased by 138%.
this sector “it has not been developed with sufficient transparency”, assured the vice president of the European Commission for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, to justify the proposal. “Short-term rentals create benefits for hosts, tourists and the tourism ecosystem, but should not grow at the expense of local communities,” said Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton.
“Today’s proposal will ensure that local authorities have the data they need to support a sustainable short-term rental sector, fight illegal listings and contribute to a balanced tourism ecosystem,” he added. Each country of the European Union will be responsible for compliance with this regulation. and to apply the sanctions in case the platforms and the owners do not comply with the regulations.
The Commission also considers that the data obtained will help Eurostat to compile statistics on the tourism sector. The proposal will now have to be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, the institution that represents the member states.
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