Barcelona city hall fines Airbnb, Homeaway

San Francisco-based Airbnb matches people wishing to rent out their homes or rooms to temporary guestsBarcelona’s left-wing city hall said Monday it had slapped home rental websites Airbnb and HomeAway with a fine of 60,000 euros ($65,000) each for marketing lodgings in the Spanish city that lacked permits to host tourists. With the aid of a software programme, the town hall detected listings for 1,891 lodgings that did not have proper permits on Airbnb, and another 3,929 on HomeAway, it said in a statement. Since taking office in June, Barcelona mayor Ada Colau, a former anti-eviction activist, has kept her pledge to try to curb a boom in visitor numbers that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the charm of Spain’s second largest city.

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