Holiday rental industry warns European Commission of dangers of excessive regulation

SuperControl’s Managing Director, Robert Kennedy, attended a gathering of key industry figures in Brussels on 27 September to discuss the issues affecting the holiday rental sector in Europe.

The event was attended by MEP Claudia de Monteiro de Aguiar, as well as key officials from the European Commission (EC).

Representatives from Airbnb, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, Novasol, Interhome and Wyndham, and the trade associations from Scotland, Germany, France, Denmark, Portugal and Spain were also in attendance.

Risks being posed by restrictions

The event was dominated by discussions about the bans happening in cities across Europe. This is a major threat to our industry, and the European Holiday Home Association (EHHA) has taken the lead in combatting these unfair regulations by making an official complaint to the EC.

EHHA Secretary General Carlos Villaro Lassen said: “The industry is the first to welcome sensible regulation for the short-term rental sector and collaborative economy. However, in Europe the collaborative economy risks being crushed by a hotchpotch of excessive and contradictory regulation. ”

He added: “The restrictions infringe the EU’s fundamental freedom to provide services across Europe and that is why we have decided to act and submit this complaint.”

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