Judges in Amsterdam ruled in March that Airbnb could not charge both renters and holidaymakers for the hire of apartments, leading to tens of thousands of Dutch residents submitting claims as low as €40.27 for their money back.

Now Airbnb has started its own court case in Rotterdam, sending bailiffs and 2kg of court documents to 20 claimants, saying that there is ‘no legal basis for repaying service charges billed by Airbnb to the travellers for using the Airbnb platform’.

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