May 13, 2017

Questions regarding the holiday rental registration requirement

The city council of Amsterdam is introducing the holiday rental registration requirement. This will happen starting October 1, 2017. The holiday rental registration requirement is for home owners who rent out their home for short terms through websites like Airbnb, Wimdu, 9Flats and Booking.com. We will answer the three most important questions about the holiday rental registration requirement.

Question 1: What does the holiday rental registration requirement mean exactly?

The city council of Amsterdam says that if you rent out your home through a holiday rental website you have to report it to the city council. The holiday rental registration requirement limits illegal holiday rental. It also makes sure that the negative impact of Airbnb overnight stays is limited. You also need to say which permits the house has, for instance a short stay rental permit.

At this point it’s not clear what the holiday rental registration requirement will look like. Do you have to register each booking separately? Or do you need to report how many nights you want to rent out your home? Or do you have to say that you are renting out your house for a maximum of 60 days? There is nothing to say about this at the moment unfortunately. We will know more when the final proposal is handed to the city council (see question 3).

Question 2: What does this mean for me when I rent out my home for short terms?

As long as you keep to the rules of holiday rental, you can continue renting out your home for short terms when you register with the city council.

It will be clear how you can register as a home owner by the time the holiday rental registration requirement starts. You can get a fine up to an amount of €20.500 when you decide not to report the holiday rental of your home to the city council.

Question 3: Do home owners have a say in this before the holiday rental registration requirement starts?

Yes, the rule is not final yet. Amsterdam citizens have until June 2, 2017 to think along or object. After that, the city council will make official plans. The city council will discuss the proposal with possible changes in the city council on July 19, 2017. Would you like to know when the information evenings for each district are? You can find them here.

Airbnb is against the holiday rental registration requirement. Read more about that in this article from NOS. The Friendly Host feels that the holiday rental registration requirement fits well within sustainable holiday rental. But only if it does not lead to an administrative burden for home owners.