Barcelona to fine Airbnb and HomeAway €600,000 each

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Barcelona city council will fine holiday rental websites Airbnb and HomeAway €600,000 (£509,000) each for offering unlicensed accommodation, it has announced, as it steps up its campaign against tourism saturation.

Announcing the move on Catalunya Ràdio on Thursday, Left-wing mayor Ada Colau said it was “unacceptable that there are thousands of apartments operating illegally without a permit, not paying taxes and causing a nuisance to neighbours”.

“Tourism is a positive asset for the city, but it was disproportional and impacts directly on the right to housing,” added Ms Colau, who earlier this week announced over a million euros in fines against “speculative” banks for allowing apartments in Barcelona to remain empty.

This is an excerpt from an article originally published by Telegraph.

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