Airbnb is facing a bill of up to €200 million after an Amsterdam court ruled it was not entitled to claim booking fees from its Dutch customers, under a law which forbids middlemen from taking fees from both parties in a transaction.

The platform was ordered to repay €470 in fees to one customer who brought the case, but the ruling should apply to all bookings made by Dutch tourists based in the Netherlands who have paid 15% accommodation fees since 2015.

Airbnb will be allowed to keep the 3.6% fee it takes from owners, but will appeal against the ruling.

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