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According to reports in the Italian press, the Florence City Council passed a resolution yesterday evening banning new short-term rentals through platforms such as "Airbnb".

The city council's decision also envisages a reduction in housing taxes for homeowners who abandon the short-term rental model and open their homes for long-term rentals.

Florence Mayor Dario Nardella said in a statement that residents living in the center of the city were complaining about living in apartment hotels and that these decisions were a response to the local people's call for help.

Nardella stated that the short-term housing rental in question has led to an increase in rental prices in the city, "In 2016, we had just under 6,000 apartments on Airbnb. Today we have almost 14,378 apartments. During that period, the average cost of normal monthly housing rents increased by 42 percent. This last year alone, prices have increased by 15.1 percent."