BarcelonaThe left-wing city government of Barcelona wants to impose against the housing Agency portals, Airbnb and Homeaway fines in the amount of 600,000 euros. As the town hall in the North-East brokered a Spanish city on Thursday, should be punished to the mediation of private apartments, without the approval of the city.
Both Airbnb as well as Homeaway have conveyed to the imposition of an initial penalty in the amount of 30,000 euros in December 2015, more illegal apartments, has been emphasized. Airbnb announced, meanwhile, appeals against the penalty.
“we have thousands of apartments that are rented out without permission and for the exploitation of which no taxes are paid,” said mayor Ada Colau in the Interview to the radio station “Catalunya Radio”. The former left-wing activist and Ex-house owner said, the inhabitants of the city were also taken from the sprawling mass tourism affected.
Barcelona is magnets is the most visited city in Spain and one of Europe’s largest tourist. Due to the increase in visitor numbers, real estate prices climbed rapidly in recent years, houses and apartments in the inner city have become unaffordable for most Locals.
“tourism is in our eyes a positive, but he was recently out of balance and has the effect that the basic right is being violated on an apartment,” said the 42-year-old mayor. A similar debate in Berlin, where since may, a holiday Apartment is not allowed.