In 2017, the Region of Brussels introduced the Brussels city tax which obliges touristic accommodations to register and to pay the city tax. The tax in Brussels could cost up to 4 Euros per night.
The reason behind it was to fight against the unfair competition created in the industry. Even though it is a common practice in many countries, it has been reported that many Airbnb homes in Brussels do not respect it still.
The Region of Brussels has tried to enforce this city tax with the Airbnb but the case now is being taken care of by the Constitutional Court.
The General Secretary of the Brussels Hotels Associations, Rodolphe Van Weyenbergh stated: “They do not register with the authorities and escape a series of rules, including this tax”.