Following the government’s plan to ban Uber, services operating under the same principle, such as Airbnb, could also face restrictions in Hungary, origo.hu writes.
The banning of Airbnb would mean fewer and more expensive accommodations in Budapest, and almost 10 thousand people, who profit from the flat-sharing service, would lose their income.
Airbnb has been operating in Hungary for years, and there are many other businesses based on the sharing of goods and services that could potentially come under scrutiny, would the government decide to implement limitation on all participants of Hungary’s sharing economy.
At the beginning of the year, Uber drivers were ordered by the company to provide their tax number. This way passengers could receive their invoice directly from the company, and drivers’ tax payments could be monitored. In contrast, Airbnb does not supervise whether its users actually pay taxes, and neither does the company contribute anything to the state.
Currently the government’s standpoint is that, as long as a company meets Hungarian regulations, it can stay operational, regardless of its tax payment practices. Uber’s ban was due to the fact that it did not comply with the rules of Hungarian passenger transport services, whereas Airbnb still operates within the regulations of private accommodations.