Norwegian government to tighten Airbnb rules
The government has proposed new rules aimed at stopping homeowners using Airbnb’s rental portal to run a hotel business.
Municipal and modernization minister, Monica Mæland of Høyre (H), told Dagens Næringsliv newspaper that there is nothing wrong with homeowners being able to rent their apartments and earn extra money.
“The problem is that many people buy up lots of apartments and actually run a hotel business. This has created major problems in several of the big cities, and we are keen to facilitate good and stable living environments,” said Mæland.
She wants to have restrictions on short-term rental, which has been introduced by several European cities.
Total income from Airbnb rental in Norway was NOK 1.6 billion last year. Revenues are expected to increase by 50% to NOK 2.4 billion this year according to an analysis by Menon Economics for NHO Reiseliv (Norwegian Bussiness Association for Travel).
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