Members' Research Service By / February 9, 2023

Data collection and sharing relating to short-term accommodation rental services [EU Legislation in Progress]

Short-term accommodation rentals offered by individual or professional hosts are nothing new

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Written by Maria Niestat (1st edition).

The European Commission published on 7 November 2022 a proposal for a regulation on data collection and sharing relating to short-term accommodation rental services. The proposal contributes to the Commission’s priorities to make the EU fit for the digital age, and to build a future-ready economy that works for people and builds on the recent Digital Services Act, the proposal regulates online platforms, which connect hosts and guests for short-term accommodation rentals.

The regulation should facilitate the registration of hosts and their short-term rental properties and reduce inconsistencies in how online platforms share data. Platforms would have to check whether hosts register their units, and share data about rented nights and guests with public authorities. The regulation should also help to avoid large volumes of differing data requests imposing a heavy burden on online platforms, impairing their ability to offer services across the single market. It should also increase consumer confidence in these services.

The European Parliament and the Council need to set their positions on the file. In Parliament, the file has been assigned to the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). In the Council, the working party on competitiveness and growth (tourism) is working on the proposal.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on data collection and sharing relating to short-term accommodation rental services and amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1724
Committee responsible:Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)COM(2022) 571
Rapporteur:Kim Van Sparrentak (Greens/EFA/The Netherlands)2022/0358(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Kateřina Konečná (The Left/Czechia)Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council on equal footing
– formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report
EU legislation in progress
Guest nights spent at short-term accommodation, 2019 (booked via Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group and Tripadvisor)

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