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AirBnB has become a major platform for those looking for more personalized travel trips.
Whether it’s cozy apartments with a homely atmosphere that you won’t find easily in hotels, or lifelong experiences such as staying in tree houses or castles, travelers have always had a myriad of options to choose from.
On the other side, the popularization of AirBnB has done no favor to some citiesbecause they are struggling with over-tourism and trying to adapt to the ever-evolving hospitality sector.
While some local authorities have begun to crack down on what used to be a relatively free market, they have reduced lists or subsequently increased taxes for both hosts and guests, others have completely banned AirBnBwhich suggests that nowhere is it safe from stricter regulations.
Here you will find 10 places where searching for AirBnB can be more challenging than beforeand what you can expect when searching for stays in these destinations:
Santa Monica, CA.
Budget beach visitors may want to reconsider their sunny vacation in Santa Monica as they pay for a California hotspotare some of the strictest rules on this list.
If guests are staying for less than 30 days, the hosts are forbidden to rent the whole apartment, which means that short-term visitors will have to settle for a private room in someone’s house or book a hotel room instead.
On top of that, the hosts must apply for a trade licensethus charging a 14% “transitional occupancy tax” and additional nightly fees for short stays, making them even more expensive.
These laws, called the Santa Monica Home Sharing Ordinance, came into force in already in June 2015but they were tightened since September 2019.
New York City, NY
New York, another very popular destination for both Americans and foreigners, has recently passed laws that affect most AirBnB owners and their ability to host.
The laws are significantly extensivebut one entry that is sure to affect tourists is the ban “Class A” lists. for less than 30 days when the host is not present at the facility, similar to Santa Monica.
While digital nomads who want to make New York their temporary home do not feel the sting, those who visit the Big Apple over the weekend may find short-term leases have become less and more expensive.
In addition to the minimum time required, hosts are now subject to multiple taxes on tourist stays, which inevitably increases the cost of overnight stays. The measure was noted to limit AirBnB’s once large offerings in New York.
Additional requirements include mandatory data sharing“: As of 2021, hosts who do not share their personal information with the city or do not disclose AirBnB payments may also not rent real estate for less than 30 days.
Jersey City, NJ
If you thought the solution to finding a place near New York was to try Jersey, guess again. Jersey City has also limited the availability of short-term rentals. After residents expressed concern about rising rents aa majority voted in favor restrict listings in the area, tThe city now requires the owners to live in the said property.
The restrictions also applied to building owners, who can now advertise up to two other apartments in the same building on AirBnB and have to live in the area.
Those who are authorized to host short – term visitors – for stays up to 28 consecutive nights – must register in the City and satisfy all other requirementsthereby drastically reducing supply within the city limits.
Charleston, SC is another US city that limits short-term AirBnB leases. According to short-term rental regulations hosts must have their AirBnB profile as a “full-time primary residence”.
This means that guests may have trouble finding entire houses to complete their stay, especially after real estate classification based on their location.
Category I properties located in the historic district, in addition to being the host’s home, have emergency access and provide “at least one additional off-street parking space”, must also be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. the bureaucracy of the bureaucracy of careful hosts.
When staying outside the Old Town, especially in the areas “III. Categories”, passengers will not find an abundance of AirBnBas select only properties are entitled to short-term rental.
Parking requirements must meet all categories, which further limits Charleston’s capacity to host AirBnB members.
The capital of the Netherlands is determined to disperse the crowds of tourists. Besides that removal of the iconic inscription “I AMsterdam”. in 2018, when it became a selfie hotspot and recently banned tourists from entering certain cafes, the city also set strict rules that the AirBnB community must follow.
Travelers can now expect to find it less accessible homes whereas Amsterdam limits the booking of whole flats and houses to 60 nights each year. Although privately owned rooms have not been affected, those traveling with friends or family may need to plan months in advance. whole houses will become rare.
Guests are also covered in a 10% tax within their reservation, which is usually included in the price list at the time of booking.
Thailand, popular with adventure seekers, has not yet opened up to the AirBnB community, which not only discourages but also discourages considered the practice to be illegal throughout the country, including the capital Bangkok.
Although risk takers can still find AirBnB lists in Thailand as law enforcement agencies does not seem strict and several property owners have platform rental is a crime However.
As Thailand currently has some of the strictest regulations on Covid’s entry into Asia and tourists are required to present a number of documents when crossing the border, which may include hotel reservations, travelers are advised to abide by the law and book a stay through licensed accommodation. providers.
San Francisco, CA.
Despite that Birthplace of AirBnBSan Francisco has moved to limit short-term rental offers in the city, which requires hosts to stay on their list. at least 275 days year.
Although they do exist no restrictions on short-term rentals when the hosts are on site, this means that guests will be allowed to rent the entire property for only 90 days of their host’s absence during the calendar year.
With this in mind, it is recommended for travelers to San Francisco time of their stay if the reservation of the whole apartment or house is absolutely necessary.
AirBnB have been subject to stricter regulations in Iceland since 2017 because guests can only stay up to 30 days at a time in the same place, while the hosts can only rent their property a total of 90 days every year.
The rules have clearly affected stays in the country’s capital, Reykjavik, which is quite small by European standards and cannot host large numbers of guests. In summer 2016the whole of Iceland was even allegedly “sold out”.
As the country completely removes all regulations regarding Covid’s entry, visitors are encouraged book in advance while suitable AirBnB offers are still available.
In the heart of Europe, Paris is taking drastic measures to address the housing shortage throughout the capital, including targeting AirBnB hosts. More precisely, the city authorities have recently determined tax registration is mandatory for landlords who list their primary residences on the platform, which can only be rented up to 120 days year.
As for second homes listed on AirBnB, the owners must apply for permission to rent them on the platform, as well as to purchase another commercial property of “the same or larger size”, which is to be converted into housing as a means of compensation, hereinafter discouraging practice.
It is more worrying for AirBnB enthusiasts that the mayor of Paris has advocated even stricter short-stay regulations and promised referendum on the condition of the platform in Paris.
This month, passengers were reminded that when visiting France, they may need proof of EUR 100 in available funds per day. In combination with higher short-term rental costs, passengers may want to guard their budget close up on a romantic holiday in Paris.
The leading tourist destination in the Spanish historic region of Catalonia is now limitation of short-term rentals of private roomsas hosts like Lucas Ezequiel Hernández decide delete their records to avoid possible legal irregularities.
Travelers can still rent entire apartments, but those on a tighter budget who would normally opt for a private room or shared dormitory in a local home will have to look for more affordable stays elsewhere because there are fewer of them overnight.
Hosts are also required to obtain a occupancy certificate and go through the check until guests are subject to higher tourist taxes. These measures are a direct response to excessive tourism, as before Covid, which the city hosted 32 million visitors.
Despite recent challenges, including the Covid pandemic and changes in property laws, AirBnB continues to grow among holidaymakers, which adds oil to the debate, especially in cities where the platform has already been limited, such as Honolulu.
As demand for travel slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, we expect more destinations that have historically struggled with tourism surplus to strengthen their short-term rental laws.
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