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Amsterdam abrogates fines worth 400,000 euros for illegal holiday rentals

In light of a ruling issued by the Dutch Council of State, the municipality of Amsterdam has revoked 400,000 euros it imposed as fines for an illegal holiday rental.

Imposed on the wrong grounds

The Dutch Council of State declared that a certain woman would not have to pay the fines enlisted by the municipality as it was not imposed rightfully. The municipality also rescinded fines it had imposed on similar misdemeanors. However, it was clarified that only those fines that were levied wrongfully or were imposed because of the mere negligence of the person in reporting the holiday rental of their house to the municipality had been revoked. The fines that had already been paid, however, were not said to be refunded or returned.

Towards the end of 2017, Amsterdam had imposed new regulations vis-à-vis holiday rentals etcetera. The gist of the rules was that if anyone was renting out their house for a tourist, it had to be reported to the municipality. This rule applied even if the said stay was for one night. However, the Dutch Council of State ruled this because renting out houses could not be done without a permit in any case.

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What is the new policy moving forward?

From all this, it can be concluded that the fines that were imposed in light of this nullified ruling were now revoked. From a statement of housing alderman, Laurens Ivens, it was clearly shown that the ruling made by Amsterdam was declared null and void. However, the Dutch Council needs to implement new rulings as there are complications still regarding the permit required for giving out houses for rent.

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