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News article16 November 2023Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs1 min read

Commission welcomes agreement on new short-term rentals rules to increase transparency in the sector

A group of tourists standing on a viewpoint take pictures of a town in the hills. A fortress can be seen above the town.


The Commission warmly welcomes the agreement found between the European Parliament and the Council on the short-term accommodation rentals proposal presented almost exactly a year ago. This new regulation will increase transparency in the sector, with clear rules for hosts and platforms on data collection and sharing.

It will provide key information to authorities that wish to address the impact of short-term rentals on local communities. Data sharing obligations for platforms will be adapted to the smallest players. After its entry into force, Member States will have a 24-month period to establish the mechanisms for data exchanges, which are already being prepared with the support of the Commission.

The short-term rentals Regulation will complement the Digital Services Act. A key deliverable for sustainable and smart tourism under the Tourism Transition Pathway, the new legislation will also provide aggregated data that will feed into a European data space for tourism.

Thierry Breton, Commissioner in charge of the Single Market, said: “Tourism is key for our EU economy. Short-term rentals are an important part of the tourism ecosystem, but shouldn't come at the expense of local communities. Today's agreement will enable local authorities to manage short-term rentals in an effective and proportionate way. It will also build on the Digital Services Act and ensure that online rental platforms take their responsibility, share data and help fight illegal listings.”