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AirBnB in talks on Copenhagen rental cap

Copenhagen city politicians have begun talks with room-rental app AirBnb to impose a cap on the number of days residents can rent out their rooms or apartments.

AirBnB in talks on Copenhagen rental cap
AirBnb has been blamed for making Copenhagen accomodation tighter. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Scythian
Copenhagen’s lord mayor Frank Jensen in January called for a 60-day limit, arguing that this was needed prevent room and apartment rentals made through the app degenerating into “illegal hotel operations”. 
 
Copenhagen residents have complained that AirBnB’s arrival has led to a rental shortage in the city, because it is so much more profitable to rent rooms out on a daily basis on AirBnb. 
 
If a deal is reached, Copenhagen will follow in the footsteps of London and Amsterdam, where the start-up has already imposed rental limits of 90 and 60 days respectively. 
 
Ninna Thomsen, Copenhagen’s mayor for health and social care told Denmark’s Ritzau newswire that politicians from the Social Democrats, Socialist Left party and Red-Green alliance, had met with AirBnB representatives on Monday. 
 
“Talks have been initiated over an agreement,” she said. 
 
The meeting, she said, had been positive although the Silicon valley  company had floated the idea of striking a deal with Denmark’s central government.  

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Airbnb to share homeowner info with Danish taxman

Home-sharing platform Airbnb will, as of July 1st, send information about Danes who list their homes on the site to tax authorities to make sure they collect their due, under a deal Danish lawmakers approved Thursday.

Airbnb to share homeowner info with Danish taxman
File photo: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

“Airbnb will share information about Danish homeowners' revenues with tax authorities as of July 1st, 2019. As of 2021, the reporting will be done automatically,” Denmark's taxation ministry said in a statement.

Income taxes are deducted at the source in Denmark. The information shared with Airbnb will concern only tax details and no other information about the users' profile.

A tax ministry spokesman told AFP this was the first deal reached between Airbnb and a country's tax authorities.

According to VisitDenmark, a million people stayed in an Airbnb residence in Denmark in 2018. Some 39,000 homes were listed on the site last year.

“The new rules … will ensure that ordinary Danes can continue to benefit from tourism to Denmark … and that the government can get its share of the economic boost provided by tourism,” Airbnb's head of northern European operations, Hadi Moussa, said in the statement.

Airbnb, accused of aggravating housing crises by driving up rents and pushing out tenants and criticised by the hotel industry, currently faces legal battles in several countries.

In France, Airbnb risks a 12.5 million euro fine for listing 1,000 homes on its site that have not been officially registered with the city of Paris.

Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Tel Aviv and Dublin have all either announced or adopted measures to regulate temporary rentals through Airbnb.

READ ALSO: In world first, Airbnb to report income directly to Danish authorities

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