After coronavirus, Lisbon is replacing some Airbnbs and turning holiday rentals into homes for key workers
Essential workers and their families have increasingly been forced out as Airbnb-style holiday rentals have taken over a third of Lisbon’s city centre properties, pushing up rental prices, hollowing out communities and threatening its unique character. Now the city wants to bring the people who are Lisbon’s lifeblood back to the centre of the city as they make it greener, more sustainable and ultimately, a better place to both live and visit.
The city council is offering to pay landlords to turn thousands of short-term lets into “safe rent” homes for key workers. In addition, policies are implemented in order to have denser cities and to reduce transport-based pollution.
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