Barcelona city council will fine Airbnb and HomeAway €600,000 (£509,000) each for offering unlicensed accommodation advertised on their websites – 3,812 for Airbnb and 1,744 for HomeAway.

Under Catalan regional rules, any home rented out to visitors must be included in a tourism registry and be licensed.

Both were fined €30,000 last December for the same offence. Airbnb says it always reminds hosts to check local rules before listing their property on the website, but that ultimately it was not responsible for whether they followed this advice.

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