Vienna to Ban Airbnb Rentals for More Than 90 Days

Vienna to Ban Airbnb Rentals for More Than 90 Days

The city of Vienna is tightening its building code to ban tourist rentals of apartments for more than 90 days a year.

The new rules, which will take effect on July 1, 2024, are designed to address concerns about the impact of Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms on the city’s housing market.

Under the new rules, owners of apartments who want to rent them out for more than 90 days per year will need to apply for an exemption permit from the city. The permit process will be open to all owners, regardless of whether they use Airbnb or another platform to rent their apartments.

The city expects to receive many applications for exemption permits, and it is unclear how long the process will take. However, the city has said it will prioritize applications from owners who live in the apartments they want to rent out.

The new rules are likely to impact the Airbnb market in Vienna significantly. Some owners may stop renting their apartments altogether, while others may only rent them out for shorter periods.

The tourism industry has welcomed the new rules, saying they are a step towards restoring the balance between the tourism sector and the housing market. However, some critics have argued that the rules are too restrictive and will harm the city’s tourism industry./DerStandard

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