Airbnb announced for the first time that it would enforce a legal limit on the number of nights a year a host in London and Amsterdam can rent out a home. Thursday's announcement, coupled with several deals made over the past year, shows the company has started to offer more compromises to make peace with cities.
As mentioned in this post: The latest in my email this morning from Airbnb aka Big Daddy, this was Airbnb's email to hosts:
We believe that hosts in London make a positive contribution to the city by >welcoming guests into their homes and showing them the very best of what >Londoners love about our capital. We want to help ensure that home sharing >grows responsibly and sustainably, and makes London’s communities stronger.
That is why we are introducing a change to our platform that will create new and >automated limits to help ensure that entire home listings in London are not >shared for more than 90 days a year, unless hosts confirm that they have >permission to share their space more frequently.
The new measures will begin from 2017. If you want to host more often, you will >need to certify that you have permission to do so or apply for the relevant >permissions from your local council.
The rules for home sharing, which were introduced in 2015 (see here for more >details), allow Londoners to share their homes for up to 90 nights in each >calendar year without needing planning permission, and the vast majority of >hosts in London already respect those rules.
Airbnb is committed to working with cities to promote responsible home sharing. >This is something that we stated in the Community Compact launched last year. >While independent research shows that home sharing has no significant impact >on housing affordability in London, we believe it’s important to take action >against unwelcome commercial operators who have no place on our platform. >We’re taking this step to ensure that the Airbnb community continues to thrive in >London, and that our platform is promoting responsible home sharing. For more >information, please visit the Help Centre.
Thank you, The Airbnb Team