STR regulation and post-pandemic strategies to reintroduce STRs into the residential housing market

This workshop aims to present the results of CIDOB’s Global Cities report “STR regulation and post-pandemic strategies to reintroduce STRs into the residential housing market”

ACTIVITAT REALITZADA
25 maig 2021 - 15:00h
LOCALITZACIÓ: By-invitation online meeting with experts and city representatives (via Teams)
ORGANITZAT PER: CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) with the support of Barcelona City Council

COL·LABORADORS (2):

Objectiu

Rising housing prices have over recent years made access to rental properties more difficult in a range of European cities. The growth of online platforms offering short-term rentals (STRs) such as Airbnb has had a harmful impact on the availability of long-term rentals. In this context, cities face a number of challenges when trying to regulate STRs due to their lack of competencies, capacities and resources, as well as the existence of outdated national and EU regulatory frameworks vis-à-vis the digital economy. City governments have particular difficulty compelling digital platforms to share data, verifying whether they are offering apartments with or without legal permission, and properly taxing properties that benefit from STR arrangements.

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting drastic fall in economic activity and collapse of tourism have changed this scenario. In this context, cities like Barcelona are seeing between 60% and 70% of STRs being advertised as medium-term rentals (up to 11 months). In light of the new situation, this workshop aims to present the results of CIDOB’s Global Cities report STR regulation and post-pandemic strategies to reintroduce STRs into the residential housing market. The report explores the main post-COVID policy measures adopted in cities to transform and consolidate STRs into long-term rentals. It also identifies the main STR strategies in European cities, as well as the key elements of the new European regulatory framework, the Digital Services Act, which may open a window of opportunity to better regulate and control STRs.

The event is organised by CIDOB's Global Cities Programme with the support of Barcelona City Council. It will bring together researchers, city representatives and city networks to discuss the study’s main findings.

Arxius

STR regulation and post-pandemic strategies to reintroduce STRs into the residential housing market ACTIVITAT REALITZADA

15:00h Welcome and introduction

Eva Garcia-Chueca, Senior Research Fellow, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

 

15:05h Presentation of the study

Mariona Segú, Researcher at Institut National d’Études Demographiques, INED

Carles Mascarell, Political Scientist, former advisor at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, CEMR

 

15:20h The Alliance of Cities for STR

Mark Boekwijt, EU Representative, City of Amsterdam 

16:30h Discussion with participants

Debate facilitated by:  Eva Garcia-Chueca, Senior Research Fellow, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

 

Amsterdam City Council

Mark Boekwijt, EU Representative

Albert Eefting, Senior Policy Advisor

 

Barcelona City Council

Joan Batlle, Responsible Technology & Digital Rights

Marta Puchal, International Relations Department

Monica Cadena, Policy Officer, Barcelona Activa

Xavier Silvestre, Law Policy Advisor

 

Bologna City Council

Manuela Bonora, Policy Advisor on Economy and Tourism

 

Firenze City Council

Alessandra Barbieri, General Director on European Projects and Smart City

 

Madrid City Council

Angélica Coidurassa, Department Director on Inspectorate Reports

 

Porto City Council

Manuela Rezende, Policy Advisor on Economy, Tourism and Commerce

Maria Oliveiras, Policy Advisor on Economy, Tourism and Commerce

Ricardo Valente, Head Department of Tourism and Commerce

 

València City Council

María José Vivó, Director of theInternational Relations Department

 

Viena City Council

Wolfgang Hassler, Department for Economic Affairs, Labour and Statistics

 

Eurocities

Alejandra Olejnik, Policy Advisor

Clàudia Fernández, Economic Development Policy

Lodewijk Noordzij, Policy Officer Digital

16:30h End of workshop