Copenhagen and Airbnb talk term limits


Copenhagen and Airbnb have been holding meetings about capping how many days apartment owners or tenants can rent their spaces on Airbnb.

Residents, as in many other cities, have complained that apartments are used year-round as tourist accommodations, taking them off the  housing market because short-term renting is so profitable. Last month Lord Mayor Frank Jensen called for a 60-day limit.

Airbnb has recently agreed to 90 and 60-day limits in London and Amsterdam, allowing apartment holders to make extra money, while keeping the apartment in the housing, not hotel market. Airbnb is interested in negotiating deals like this to avert restrictive legislation like New York's, which bans most short-term apartment rentals.

The meeting involved representatives from across the spectrum of Danish politics as well as government officials. The deputy mayor for health and  social care said the meeting was positive, although Airbnb indicated it would rather have a nation-wide agreement rather than just one for Copenhagen

Copenhagen photo: Peregrine 81/Wikimedia

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