Lucerne president concerned about Airbnb growth
The cantonal president of Lucerne says something needs to be done about the growth of Airbnb.
David Roth says living space for around 600 people has been wiped out by apartments being offered as short-term stays.
There’s also the concern about the loss of tax revenue – as visitors are not paying income tax. Although the canton has agreed a tax with Airbnb, Roth says its not sufficient.
Also, he says the rental properties are being run by large businesses – so private landlords are making money at the expense of taxpayers.
The issue is not confined to Lucerne – there are more and more Airbnb properties available throughout the country.
The cantonal president warns if something is not done to curb the growth – he’ll launch an initiative.