AMSTERDAM - Airbnb has agreed to limit private home rentals in Amsterdam, in a move city authorities had wanted to curb complaints about illegal hotels.
The Dutch capital and the online rental service said Thursday that they will work together to ensure that home owners can only rent out their properties for a maximum of 60 days per year.
Amsterdam had introduced the limit earlier, but Airbnb said that from Jan. 1 its site will introduce automated tools to ensure homes aren't listed for more than 60 days a year unless the owners have a license.
"A home should remain a home," Amsterdam alderman Laurens Ivens said in a statement.
"With this new approach we are showing that working together with platforms such as Airbnb gives the city a new and efficient weapon to tackle illegal hotels," he added.
Airbnb's General Manager for Northern Europe, James McClure, said, "We want to be good partners for everyone in the city and ensure home sharing grows responsibly and sustainably."
Airbnb says a typical host in Amsterdam earns 3,800 euros ($4,041) by sharing their space for 28 nights a year.
Since the company launched in 2008, when the co-founders invited travelers to sleep on an air mattress in their San Francisco loft, Airbnb has grown to be one of the world's most valuable private startups by collecting fees when private hosts rent out accommodations listed on the site.
But it also has run into problems with city fathers and local residents concerned by the rapid rise in rentals.
Last week, Barcelona authorities said they would fine Airbnb and another rental site, HomeAway, 600,000 euros each for offering lodging that doesn't have the necessary permits.
Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau told Catalunya Radio that while tourism was a positive asset for the Spanish city, it had grown too much and was denying locals access to housing.