@JohnF sorry for being completly awol for a week. Been having a meltdown, entirely unrelated to Amsterdam Airbnbs
Anyway, here is my belated pov. Overall, this has to be a good thing for Amsterdam and for serious hosts.
The tourism has becme untenable over the past few years. As others have said, one silver-lining of Covid-19 has been the chance to regain our cities, albeit at too significant a cost sadly.
As already noted upthread, for genuine Airbnb landlords (I consider myself to be one of these), this is not a huge issue. You can (and should) simply operate under a B&B permit if you want to host more than 30 days. Or don’t do STR.
We live right in the centre and have a permit and pay all our taxes et cetera. The reporting can be onerous but it is manageable and the rewards for good STRs are certainly still interesting (over and above meeting some fabulous guests).
At a personal level I get frustrated at the default assumption in the media that all STR landlords are close to scum operating illegal operations in unsafe premises and pating no taxes although such people do indeed exist.
But I personally know many honest operators in the Dam with wonderful properties and great intentions. They like us strive to create a great experience and want to do so again once the pandemic is finally under control. And like us, they also think that weeding out some of the competition (and reducing visitor numbers) will be a good thing in the long run and will improve the quality of the offering and the experience for guests.
But I’m not sorry to see the back of the opportuntistic STRs who have had a number of years to see this action coming. The writing was on the wall in 2016 and there was plenty of time for legitimate operators to get permitted and play by the rules.