Monday, 11 May 2015 - 14:40
Social renter evicted over Amsterdam Airbnb listing
A tenant in Amsterdam who placed his social housing apartment on Airbnb rental service now has to vacate the house within two weeks, reports RTL Nieuws. The investigation showed that the house was sublet for at least 130 days, the housing firm's lawyer said based on reviews Airbnb guests left for the apartment. The tenant also has to pay 17,500 euros of legal fees over the case. The figures consists of a fine of 7,500 and 10,000 in investigation costs that need to be compensated. Rappange Makelaardij brought the case to court against its tenant saying that the occupant was not allowed to sublet the social flat in this circumstance. Furthermore, local residents complained about the nuisance caused by Airbnb guests. Last month, Rappanage cautioned tenants that they might bring dozens of such cases before the court. Rappanage's lawyer, Froris Havelaar, said the firm is investigating other cases. People who don't like their social housing contracts, and would prefer to rent out an apartment on Airbnb, can "vote with their feet and leave," he told RTL.