After bringing in new rules to tackle Airbnb, Amsterdam officials are now planning to get tough on traditional bed and breakfast providers, local broadcaster AT5 reported.
From 2020, people who offer bed and breakfast in their own homes will have to have a special council licence to do so. The council says the measure is necessary because the clampdown on Airbnb has led to a rise in the number of bed and breakfast operations.
‘This is needed to prevent lots of homes being used as hotels,’ the city said. ‘Homes are first and foremost meant to be lived in.’ People who already offer bed and breakfast to tourists will not necessarily get a licence to continue but officials will bring in a transition period for people affected by the change.
A spokesman for the b&b owners association Amsterdam Gastvrij said that some 50% of Amsterdam tourists only come for the day and more than 90% who stay over use a hotel. ‘And we are building 8,000 more hotel rooms,’ Hans Onno van den Berg told AT5. The city is trying to ‘drain an ocean using a straw’ by focusing on b&bs, he said. ‘The problems of tourism are not down to private landlords.’
Read more at DutchNews.nl: