(Reuters) – The Metropolis of Paris is suing Airbnb for publishing 1,000 unlawful rental listings, which may price greater than 12.5 million euros to the US rental web site, stated the mayor from Paris to a newspaper printed in an interview Sunday.
Underneath French legislation, Parisian owners can hire their place on short-term rental platforms for as much as 120 days a 12 months. Commercials should embody a registration quantity to make sure that properties won’t be rented any longer.
France handed a legislation in 2018 condemning corporations equivalent to Airbnb to a high quality of 12,500 euros by unlawful publication, new Paris provision to problem Airbnb in court docket, stated the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo , within the Journal du Dimanche.
"The objective is to ship a bullet by means of the arches to finish the unauthorized leases that spoil some Parisian neighborhoods," Hidalgo stated within the interview.
A number of cities around the globe have expressed concern that platforms equivalent to Airbnb are an unfair competitor to motels and might flip some neighborhoods into barren areas for vacationers.
An Airbnb spokeswoman stated that she had put in place measures to assist Paris customers of her web site adjust to European guidelines, however added that the principles in Paris had been "Ineffective, disproportionate and opposite to European guidelines".
France is Airbnb's second largest market after the USA. Paris, one of the visited cities on the earth, is its largest market with practically 65,000 properties listed.
Based in 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb's deal with is for folks wishing to hire all or a part of their dwelling to momentary company by way of a web site.
(Report by Michel Rose, Edited by Elaine Hardcastle)