December 7, 2016
Oslo should do what Barcelona and several other European cities have done: Crack down on the extent of downtown rentals via Airbnb, claims top Labour Party politician Jan Bøhler. The online services allows travelers to rent rooms or entire apartments as an alternative to hotels. “It’s a big problem when as many as 40 percent of apartments sold in Oslo are bought up by people who won’t live in them, but rather rent them out, for example through Airbnb,” Bøhler told NRK. Bøhler and many other officials think the practice has contributed to driving up housing prices in Oslo and other Norwegian cities to record-high levels. “It’s making it even harder for people who need a place to live in Oslo,” he said….