Airbnb promotes the development of short-term rental services, leading to increased long-term rental fees, inadvertently “chasing” local people elsewhere. The Guardian reports that 10 major cities in Europe called on the EU to help them in their fight against Airbnb and other short-term tenancy applications. Representatives of these cities said that Airbnb contributed to chasing their citizens out of the apartments and degrading the traditional “village of neighbors”. In a joint letter, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Vienna argue that the problem of “growth boom” of intermediate applications to support short-term tenants such as Airbnb needs to be reviewed by the EU in the upcoming high-level meeting. In April, EU Court adviser said that under European law, Airbnb should be considered as a provider of intermediary information rather than traditional real estate enterprises. If this statement is approved by the EU Court, Airbnb and same platforms will be free to operate across the block and exempt liability in the relationship between homeowners and local laws. The Amsterdam City Council said: “Housing has the most important and prerequisite purpose for people to live in. Many people are in serious shortage of housing because the apartments have been used for tourists to rent.” These cities think that regulations are needed to counter the negative effects. The explosion of short-term housing rental services makes it difficult for local people to rent long-term houses and turning local into a tourist spot. Representatives of ten cities said that no one could understand their people better than themselves, and cities always had the power to create rules and implement urban planning. “It seems that according to the advisor, this authority is no longer available when there are big tech giants,” the letter stated. After only a few years of strong growth, Airbnb now has more than 18,000 apartments in Amsterdam and Barcelona, 22,000 in Berlin and nearly 60,000 in Paris. Data from the campaign group Inside Airbnb last year showed that more than half of them are whole houses and apartments Many cities believe that a short-term rental service has led to long-term rent increases, in addition to other traditional causes (such as speculation and lack of social housing). Last year, the city of Palma de Mallorca (Spain), banned most short-term rental apartments after the boom of 50% of tourists, pushed the rent up by 40%. In Paris, landlords will be penalized if they do not register with city hall before renting any property for a short time. Last year Barcelona also suspended all new short-term lease permits, while Amsterdam also cut the rental limit. But authorities are concerned that the EU’s promotion of e-commerce and the “shared economy” across the block may make it difficult for them to secure stable rental prices for residents. “The city does not against short-term leasing. Tourists bring income and work for the city, but they also need to comply with the law,” the letter stated. Representatives from cities said they wanted Airbnb cooperation and similar platforms. “We need them to ensure that they fulfill their legal obligations, as well as agree to provide the necessary information.” Ian Brossat, Paris’s deputy mayor in charge of housing, said the circumstance was so bad in the central area of Paris, a quarter of the apartments were no longer long-term residential, but only for short-term tourists. Brossat said it is applying new rules to Airbnb, but the platform is looking to the EU Union and they are afraid that local laws will be subject to change after European Court ruling. Brossat said on French television that multinational digital corporations are not allowed to “be stronger than cities, stronger than nations” and “the EU should be on the side of people, instead of these companies”.