The end of illegal renters! The EU is preparing for a reckoning

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The initiative for the supervision of landlords on online platforms is going to be accepted by the European Parliament and the Council, reports

The European Commission has launched an initiative aimed at reducing cases of illegal renting and better control of landlords on online rental platforms.

During the corona crisis, the number of short-term accommodation reservations during the summer of 2020 and 2021 was above the level of 2018.

In addition, the number of reservations in the first half of 2022 increased by as much as 138% compared to the same period in 2021.

Short-term rental accommodation has become essential for the EU’s tourism ecosystem, including guests and renters, and for many communities. However, in addition to creating new opportunities, it also brings numerous new challenges.

The new proposed rules thus go towards increasing transparency regarding the identification and activities of renters and regarding the rules they must follow and will facilitate the registration of renters.

The systems for registering landlords and their short-term rental properties will have to be fully accessible online and user-friendly.

Public authorities will be able to suspend registration numbers and require platforms to delist non-compliant landlords.

To make the system more efficient, it is also proposed to simplify the exchange of data between online platforms and public bodies, so online platforms will have to automatically share data on the number of overnight stays and the number of guests with public bodies once a month. Simpler reporting options are provided for small platforms and micro platforms.

If the proposal is accepted, after entry into force, the member states will have two years to establish the necessary mechanisms for data exchange.

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