News: Amsterdam to allow Airbnb rentals in city centre after court order.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The city of Amsterdam will allow residents of its historic center to offer their homes to tourists again after a court ordered to lift a ban on vacation rentals.
The left-wing Amsterdam City Council last year enacted a total ban on rentals through Airbnb and other platforms in three areas that make up the central canal ring to curb the nuisance caused by tourists in the old town.
In a case brought by a property owners’ association, a local court ordered the ban to be lifted immediately last Friday because it had no legal basis.
In a response, the city said that starting Tuesday, residents of the areas could apply for the same permit that is available to homeowners in other parts of the city, giving them the right to group their homes with a group for up to 30 nights per year of people renting more than four at the same time.
In its judgment, the court pointed out that the city could limit the number of houses available for vacation rentals in a district and also decide that certain properties were only intended for residents.
The city said it is still studying the verdict to see what action could be taken.
According to city calculations, one out of 15 apartments in Amsterdam appeared on online rental platforms such as Airbnb last year.
Amsterdam receives an average of around 4.5 million foreign tourists a year out of a population of almost 900,000.
Reporting by Bart Meijer; Arrangement by Steve Orlofsky
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