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“One Host, One Home” in Barcelona

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In February, Airbnb committed to promoting responsible home sharing and working with cities to find solutions to local concerns. Since then, we have already removed more than 1,000 listings that could affect long-term housing availability, as part of our ‘One Host, One Home’ policy.

That’s more than double the number of tourism dwellings closed by City Hall on all platforms in the last two years.

We want to be good partners to Barcelona and work together on clear rules that distinguish between business operators and local families occasionally sharing their homes.

We have already removed more than 1,000 bad actors from the platform. That’s more than double the number of tourism dwellings closed by City Hall on all platforms in the last two years.

We have worked closely with City Hall over the past six months to agree on rules that support local families who share their homes, but City Hall walked away from negotiations. We remain ready to continue discussions anytime and anywhere.

Unlike other cities across the world, Barcelona has no rules for local families who occasionally share their homes. Instead, City Hall has led a campaign of fear and confusion against local families.

The typical host in Barcelona earns €5,500 a year on Airbnb. More than two thirds share their primary residence and almost a quarter say sharing their home helped them avoid eviction or foreclosure.

While City Hall says only big businesses and tourism operators should benefit from visitors to Barcelona, we believe that local families and their communities should also benefit.

We will keep working on behalf of middle-class families who share their homes. We want to work with policymakers on clear rules that effectively target bad actors while protecting local families like these who share their homes.

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