Prague has become the latest European city to propose a radical assault on short-term letting platforms such as Airbnb in the face of over-tourism driving out residents.
Airbnb’s growth has been described by its mayor of turning the city into a “distributed hotel .. eating the city from inside”.
Under new plans, property owners would be able only to rent out their own complete homes in their temporary absence, or individual rooms in their homes while they themselves are still there.
Prague has a population of 1.3 million, but saw almost 8 million incoming tourists in 2018, up from 2.6 million in 2000. Airbnb listings almost tripled in two years to May 2018 to over 13,000, or 52,738 beds, 80% in entire flats. Prague joined Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Vienna in signing a letter calling on the EC to update its laws on short-term rentals.