On Wednesday this week, Amsterdam’s top court ruled that anyone renting out their property without a permit is breaking the law, and liable to a fine of €20,500, thereby invalidating the previous rule that holiday rentals are limited to 30 days a year and four tourists a night.

Amsterdam city council has been trying to limit the nuisance caused by 17.4 million overnight tourists and counter holiday rental withdrawing property from the available housing stock.

None of the estimated 20,000 Airbnb hosts in Amsterdam currently has a “holiday hire” permit, while Airbnb called the ruling “confusing” for hosts.

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