Barcelona’s council has threatened to eject Airbnb from the city after accusing one of the company’s executives of illegally listing a sublet flat on the site.
Kay Kuehne, who was at the time Airbnb’s regional manager in Latin America, was accused by the council of listing a flat in the city in December 2014, without a tourism licence and after deceiving the homeowner.
The landlady of the apartment in the city’s old quarter claims she was misled by Kuehne’s inclusion of a clause in the rental contract to allow “work colleagues” to stay in the flat on an “occasional basis”, according to Barcelona city hall.
The Daily Telegraph reported that after the apartment was inspected in December 2016, Kuehne contacted his landlady asking her to rescind the rental contract because he had no need for an apartment he “had not lived in for the past two years”.
According to Kuehne’s LinkedIn account, he was based in Miami from January 2013 to December 2015 as Airbnb’s Latin America regional director after a spell in Barcelona as Spain & Portugal managing director.
“Enough acting with impunity in this city and thinking there is no need to respect the law,” said Barcelona’s planning chief, Janet Sanz about the latest alleged Airbnb-related infringement.
“They have crossed every line; we see this as a complete swindle of the city.”
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