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640 inspections carried out on Brussels Airbnb hosts

22:58 05/04/2018

More than 600 Airbnb rental providers in Brussels have been inspected in the past 18 months, new figures reveal.

The stats, supplied by the region's minister-president Rudi Vervoort, show 640 on-the-spot checks were carried out since new regulations came into force in November 2016.

The visits by inspectors led to 266 warnings for not registering a property as tourist accommodation. 109 property owners were found to be in repeat breach of the rules and 38 were hit with a fine.

According to the stats, 256 Airbnb hosts chose to withdraw their listing as a result of the inspection, and 153 went ahead and submitted an application to be recognised as a provider of tourist accommodation.

About 7,000 properties in the Brussels region are listed for rent on Airbnb - meaning about 10% have been the subject of a spot check since the new regulations were introduced.