A joint letter from ten cities – Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Vienna – has demanded more help from the EU in their battle against Airbnb and other holiday rental websites forcing locals out of unaffordable housing, and changing the face of neighbourhoods.

Airbnb currently lists more than 18,000 properties in Amsterdam and Barcelona, 22,000 in Berlin and almost 60,000 in Paris, with on average up to 30% available for three or more months a year.

The cities content that in cities where platforms claimed they would cooperate with local regulation, in practice they do only on a voluntary basis, and that in the four central arrondissements of Paris, a quarter of all properties are purely short-term rentals for tourists.

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