New data on responsible home sharing in Amsterdam

Last year, Amsterdam and Airbnb announced a new pioneering agreement to promote responsible and sustainable home sharing and combat illegal hotels. In order to effectively tackle illegal hotels and housing concerns, Airbnb introduced on 1 March 2017 automated limits to help ensure entire home listings are not shared for more than 60 days a year, unless hosts confirm they have a proper licence.

In May this year we released data showing the number of entire homes being shared for more than 60 days has been reduced by almost two thirds compared to the same period last year.

Today we are releasing new data which shows our measures continue to work and are helping hosts to act in the best interest of Amsterdam. While listings have gone up, the number of entire homes being shared for more than 60 days has been reduced by almost three quarters compared to the same period last year. This demonstrates that responsible home sharing is growing on Airbnb in Amsterdam.

Here is the data:

  • Today, there are over 19,000 active listings – entire homes, private rooms and shared rooms – available to be booked on Airbnb in Amsterdam. 80 percent of these are entire home listings and are therefore subject to our 60 day automated limit, unless they have proper authorisations (e.g. short stay licences or hotel licenses).
  • Of the entire home listings that have taken a booking already for 2017, only 5% are booked more than 60 nights. This 5% includes hosts who have confirmed they are licensed to share their entire home for over 60 days and hosts who accepted bookings over 60 nights before the introduction of our automated limits.

  • When comparing this to the same time last year, we see that 17% of entire home listings had received bookings above 60 nights.  

  • Our automated limits have – so far – blocked close to 1,300 entire homes from accepting more bookings for the remainder of the year.

This shows that today, following our agreement with the City of Amsterdam, the percentage of entire homes that are being shared for over 60 days was reduced by almost three quarters compared to last year.

Helping people to act in the best interests of Amsterdam
The updated data clearly shows the effectiveness of our measures to address local housing concerns and illegal hotels without impacting the vast majority of regular local families who occasionally share their homes. The automated limits have also been welcomed by our host community in Amsterdam as a simple and easy solution to ensure home sharing grows responsibly.

Amsterdam would be a better place for everyone if City Hall concluded similar agreements with other accommodation platforms instead of making it harder, not easier, for people to follow the rules.