If you are planning a trip to Paris and are entertaining the idea of using Airbnb you might want to reconsider. Paris is taking Airbnb to court on June 12th with the claim that 43,000 homes listed on the site are not registered with the government. If you already have a reservation with one of the 43,000 homes and the city wins, you may not be able to contact your host.
Paris currently has restrictions in place concerning homeowners renting their homes. Now they are cracking down and have been warning of possible legal actions since December. Airbnb is refusing to comply and has already paid fines in excess of a million dollars. How does Airbnb respond? They say the regulation of holiday rentals in Paris is confusing and complex, and more suited to professionals than individuals and encourage Paris to be more like other cities such as London and Barcelona. Those cities have worked efficiently with Airbnb to promote responsible furnished holiday rentals.
Currently Paris requires all persons renting their apartments on short-term rental websites to register the property at the City Hall. The new rule which looks like a shoo-in by the Paris City Council will target landlords openly disregarding France’s 120-day legal limit. An update to France’s internet law now allows cities and towns with more than 200,000 residents to monitor the short-term rental market using registration numbers.
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