How can we utilize Python and Scrapy to help analyse the Airbnb multi-hosts that has multitude of apartments?

Can we scrape data from pages like Airbnb or Homeaway to investigate the ownership among the multi-hosts?


Airbnb Platform as Medium

Airbnb is a community-based online platform for listing and renting local homes. It connects hosts and travellers and facilitates the process of renting without owning any rooms itself. Moreover, it cultivates a sharing-economy by allowing property owners to rent out private flats.

Many foreign investors are looking for high returns on investment, and Airbnb is top of the list to make a rental investment profitable, especially in highly touristic city like Barcelona.

In order to regulate these sharing platforms, the government must make their legal status clear. In 2011, the region of Cataluña created a licensing system that all legal vacation rentals must now bear, known as the HUT license, which they must identify in their listing page.

The Two Types of Airbn Host

Airbnb Ecosystem

Barcelona Listing Density

Listing Density & Top 10 Multi Host

By using the scatter plot plugin through QGIS, we are able to analyze the different price and quantity of listings in different districts of Barcelona. Which is then used to compare it to the prices of rental by the top 10 multi-hosts.

It’s been five years since the Spanish government excluded holiday rentals from the LAU (Ley Arrendamientos Urbano) and delegated the task of regulating the industry to its 17 regional governments. There are only a couple of the 17 autonomous communities that as yet haven’t regulated holiday rental accommodation. Below is a story map made using StoryMapJS by Knightlab to browse through the rental policies in Spain.

‘Tracing Short-Term Rental Monopolies in Barcelona’ is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in City & Technology in (2019/2020) by:
StudentAryo Dhaneswara, Jochen Morandell & Rashid Gilfanov
FacultyDiego Pajarito