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Barcelona raises maximum fine for illegal home rental to 600,000 euros

Airbnb insists it provides a useful service - helping visitors find affordable lodgings while enabling homeowners to supplement their income.


BARCELONA city hall on Tuesday announced a 20-fold hike, to 600,000 euros (S$900,000), in the maximum fine that can be levied against home rental sites such as Airbnb if they promote illegal accommodation.

Under a 2012 regional law, any apartment rented to visitors in...

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