Airbnb relents, will limit how long people can rent out properties in two major cities

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Faced with pressure from cities around the world, Airbnb is cracking down on hosts who don’t seem to live in the properties they rent. 

The company will limit the number of nights a host in London or Amsterdam can rent a property through its short-term rental site. To rent a home for more than 90 days in London or 60 days in Amsterdam, hosts will need to apply for a license. 

The automatic cap applies to listings for entire homes, not to rooms in an otherwise in-use house or apartment. The number of nights a year a home is rented and the number of entire home listings in a city are two of the numbers that most concern affordable housing advocates opposed to Airbnb.  Read more…

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Amsterdam’s night mayor has an alternative for Sydney’s lockout laws

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Amsterdam and Sydney are polar opposites when it comes to nightlife.

While the Dutch capital contains numerous clubs with 24-hour licenses, Australia’s largest city has operated strict lockout laws since 2014.

Patrons are forbidden from entering licensed venues located in Sydney’s city centre after 1:30 a.m., and alcohol service is cut at 3 a.m. on the dot, due to concerns about alcohol-fuelled violence.

It’s a measure which “doesn’t make sense” to Amsterdam’s Night Mayor, Mirik Milan, who spoke to the ABC.

“I think [lockout laws] will not work because, probably, what the State Government wants is behavioural change, and you don’t get behavioural change from blaming it on the operators,” he told the news outlet.  Read more…

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