The city of love is taking the home-sharing service to court for not removing faulty ads
Paris is strengthening its measures against Airbnb, the world’s largest home sharing service, as the city is suing the agency for failing to remove advertisement of hosts that have not properly declared their properties, AFP reports.
If authorities win in court on 12 June, around 43,000 Airbnb’s Paris rentals, about 84 per cent of all city’s hosts, could be removed from the site. Travellers would not be able to book through these listings and those who have already made a reservation wouldn’t be able to contact the homeowners.
The crackdown will also apply to a German company Wimdu that provides similar service to homeowners and travellers as Airbnb.
While Paris’s deputy mayor for housing, Ian Brossat, commented that “the noose is tightening”, Airbnb issued a short statement where they called the measures “disappointing”.
“The regulation of furnished tourist rentals in Paris is complex, confusing and more suited to professionals than individuals,” Airbnb said.
Paris launched restrictive actions last year, as in November, the French capital capped the number of days a homeowner can rent their property at only 120 days per year.
Since December, hosts have been required to display their mandatory tax ID on their ads listings that would allow the authorities to check if they are sticking to the 120-day limit.
However, Airbnb and Wimdu “have not removed the listings”, Brossat said, adding that “an overwhelming majority of 85 percent of ads” were breaking the rules in this way.
“In reality, Airbnb is disrespecting the law,” he added.
Airbnb have announced they would be willing to work with the city on developing “simple, clear rules appropriate for everyone”.
“We encourage Paris to follow the path of other cities such as London, Berlin and Barcelona, with whom we have worked efficiently on common-sense measures to promote responsible furnished tourist rentals,” they said.