Data collection and sharing relating to short-term accommodation rental services

Briefing 26-10-2023

On 7 November 2022, the European Commission published 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. To build a future-ready economy that works for people and builds on the recent Digital Services Act, the proposal regulates online platforms that 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, thereby 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 have both adopted their positions on the file and now need to agree on a common position on the text during their trilogue meetings. Second edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.