Officers in Prague are utilizing the coronavirus disaster to get a firmer grip on quick-time period leases like Airbnb, which they are saying have squeezed locals out of the Czech capital’s center.
Utilizing state of emergency powers in place through the coronavirus pandemic, the Czech parliament’s decrease chamber quick-tracked a plan permitting native authorities to raised gather tax and different data on quick-time period lets.
Vacationers crowding Prague’s cobblestone streets and historic squares, usually to make the most of its low-cost beer and late-evening celebration scene, have put stress on native providers.
Landlords will now have to offer data on the placement of a property rented by way of platforms like Airbnb, how typically a flat was rented, the entire cost acquired, and establish the web service used to attach the proprietor with the consumer.
Simply over 9 million vacationers visited Prague, which has inhabitants of 1.three million, in 2019, making it probably the most common locations in Europe behind solely London, Paris, and Rome, Euromonitor information exhibits.
One of the crucial acute issues for Prague’s residents is the absence of inexpensive housing as many homeowners have transformed properties into quick-time period leases serving vacationers.
Airbnb listed practically 12,000 properties in Prague in 2018, in response to Prague’s improvement institute.
The district encompassing Prague’s metropolis center has misplaced lots of its residents as tourism has grown, with registered voters totaling 21,556 in 2017, from 36,862 in 1990.