Airbnb throws out Viennese municipal housing

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Airbnb takes all of them Viennese municipal housing from the platform. Community buildingApartments can no longer use the Airbnb be rented out.

Viennese living forbids its tenants to do this anyway, but not all of them have adhered to it in the past. Even other measures for the domestic market were announced today.

The step in the matter of community housing was received Court ruling in advance. The Vienna Commercial Court recently ruled that municipal council apartments may not be offered for rent through the platform.


Report problematic advertisements

Airbnb had previously agreed not to do so and asked the city to do so Report listings. In the town hall, this was not considered feasible; they insisted on a general block of addresses.

Take now as part of a voluntary initiative all offers in community housing from the platform, it said in a statement sent by Airbnb to the APA. Because you want to support a fair and future-oriented regulation for short-term rental.

The list was provided by the city. It will not be blocked if customers expressly declare that the accommodation is not in a community building or that there is no effective prohibition of subletting.

Prohibition of subletting

Furthermore, Airbnb will regularly inform all Viennese hosts that accommodation in municipal housing will be available in the event of a Subletting ban should not be offered. If advertisements nevertheless violate this and this is reported, they will be removed from the platform.

“To make this as easy as possible for the city, Airbnb wants the city of Vienna to be the first partner in Austria to have access to the Airbnb cities portal grant “, it said.

City authorities could use the portal to inform the company directly and easily about problematic advertisements so that Airbnb could take appropriate action.

FILE PHOTO: Airbnb logo is seen on a little mini pyramid under the glass Pyramid of the Louvre museum in Paris

Tax data to the Ministry of Finance

In addition, a nationwide digital registration process implemented for hosts. According to the platform, there is already one in other European countries.

Furthermore, Airbnb will be regular in future in cooperation with the EU Commission Key figures about the lettings deliver in Austrian cities. Tax datait is stressed that they are already being made available to the Ministry of Finance.

Neighborhood hotline

Tenants and owners of surrounding apartments may also use a “Neighborhood support lineIf the short-term guests in the next apartment are too loud, annoyed neighbors there can complain by phone. Airbnb has currently also imposed a worldwide party ban, as it is emphasized – loud partying in an Airbnb accommodation is not allowed.

Ellen Madeker, Head of Public Policy for the DACH region, CEE & Russia emphasized: “The pandemic has changed our travel behavior and a rethink is taking place. This is our joint opportunity to strengthen sustainable and responsible tourism in Austria and the industry to make it sustainable. “

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