November 28, 2016
The mayor of Barcelona has said the city will fine Airbnb and HomeAway €600,000 each, in the latest skirmish between local authorities around the world and online home-sharing services. City administrations from Berlin to New York have blamed Airbnb and its rivals for driving up rental prices and pushing out local residents. Ada Colau, Barcelona’s mayor, said the fines were for listing unlicensed tourist apartments for short-term let. “It is not acceptable that there are thousands of apartments operating illegally and without a licence, without paying taxes and causing damage to homeowner associations,” she said….