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Regulatory crackdowns on Airbnb seem to be taking a toll on listings

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Barcelona is continuing its crackdown on home-sharing services by doubling the number of inspectors searching for unlicensed rentals, from 20 to 40.

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Hosts caught renting an unlicensed property in Barcelona can be fined at €30,000 ($33,700). That and other regulatory threats seem to be slowing Airbnb down globally.

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Though nights booked on Airbnb more than doubled from 25 million in 2015 to 52 million in 2016, the number of available listings is growing more slowly since last year.

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Listings went from growing 110% in October 2016 to growing just 35% in February 2017.

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There’s no sign that regulations are letting up. Cities around the world are even building an alliance to discuss policies that deal with the sharing economy.

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