Endorse tougher rules for Airbnb the wrong enemy?

Who his or her spot in the flemish region will want to rent out through Airbnb, starting from april 2017 must comply with different rules. Mortal sin, according to and self occassionele (far)tenant Eva Kestemont, who fears that with the stricter rules the wrong enemy targeted.

An Airbnb © Airbnb

A few times a year my love and I our spot on Airbnb when we are not. Useful, for how to pay our rent themselves while we in the overseas holiday and there is someone that our birds feeding during that period.

Who is our apartment rent, we find that as we have it every day leave us to our work and leave. (Okay, that’s not completely true: they take it as if we just have to go to work left, but do have a entire day there cleaning and polishing.) They can read books that we find interesting, from my favorite cup to drink, and if they really would like, would they even our wardrobe can open draw and an outfit of the day pick. (Already worn most of the guests are very good and that never happened.) We léven in the house that we occasionally rent out, and that hiding we are not for the foreign people there than on the floor.

That is the formula that we offer through Airbnb, and with our many other Flemings. But you also have yet another type of sleeping facilities on the website. Apartments, where as pieces of furniture, only a bed, a closet and a chair and where each sound is an eerie echo produces, rooms that are as cheap as possible with anonymous stuff from a Swedish chain that I continue to not name call and entire houses where no sign of earlier life. One thing they all have in common: no one lives. That Airbnb’s to be operated as hotels, without the owner the expenses of a hotel (such as safety) have to bear.


Airbnb, started as a fine initiative on the level of everyone, threatens now being swamped by the urge to be everywhere with an official paper to be able to swing.

Quite rightly so, that cities like Ghent a limit to impose, and that apartments and houses have only 60 days per year are rented. This fight you are finally unfair competition for ‘real’ hotels and B&B’s. But that is not the intervention that, minister Weyts will carry. Instead of a justifiable limitation of the allowed verhuurtijd to enter, he launches from april 2017, all kinds of rules. Everyone who apartment or house through the system, rent will, from april 2017 a brandveiligheidsattest must be able to present, register, a civil liability insurance must be shutdown and a certificate of good conduct and morals must be able to present. Who is there not to love, administrative fines of between 250 and 25.000 euro risk.

I am very curious to know how the minister Weyts think this abuse can go. Those already coarse make money with Airbnb will with pleasure time and, if necessary, invest money to get his paperwork in order. People like me, who at their Airbnb account is not much more left than a pocket money and international contacts, will drop out by the red tape.

As so often skims the directors of the big ones and the little ones on the same comb. What so many years ago, a good initiative was at the level of everyone, threatens now being swamped by the urge to be everywhere with an official piece of paper to wave. I admit my own aversion for administration is not under the chairs or benches to cross, but I dare to put my hand in the fire that I’m not the only Airbnb’there will be those put off by the officialisering of the platform. It therefore seems not inconceivable that a lot of small landlords, their page will close, while the big players with even more free game. And it was now not just intended to handle them?

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