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Barcelona fines Airbnb and Homeaway for work without license

Staff Writer | November 26, 2016
Barcelona fined homesharing websites Airbnb and Homeaway 600,000 euros ($633,600) each for advertising and renting out apartments to tourists without a license.
Airbnb
Spain   $633,600 each
The fine was leveled by left-wing Barcelona mayor Ada Colau in a crackdown on unregulated tourism in the city where home rental sites have allegedly marketed apartments without listing them on the Catalan Tourism Register.

The capital of Spain's northeastern Catalonia region, Barcelona is famed for its Belle Epoque architecture, museums and night life.

The Barcelona council reported that Airbnb and Homeaway were repeat offenders having illegally advertised 3,812 and 1,744 properties respectively.

An additional nine rental sites are expected to also face fines up to 30,000 euros for failing to follow regional tourism laws.


 

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