Paris mulls tighter rules on Airbnb

Paris is considering changes to property rules that would severely curtail the number of Airbnb rentals.

30 October 2019
By Connexion journalist

Several foreign cities have already placed restrictions on the online rental platform in an attempt to reduce the number of empty housing units.

Jean-Louis Missika, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of urban planning, said: “In Paris you have more than 200,000 homes that are unoccupied, empty or transformed into second homes or Airbnb residences.

This is equivalent to the entire 16th and 17th arrondissements.”

Some cities – including New York, where it is now impossible to rent an entire apartment on the platform for less than 30 days – have banned or severely restricted Airbnb rentals.

Mr Missika said Paris should think about following suit: “These are things we must consider.

I think we must be aware that constructability in Paris is relatively limited.

“But, on the other hand, these empty dwellings will have to go beyond simple taxation.

To have a way to ensure that these dwellings are occupied.

“You understand that in a city like Paris, where housing is scarce and rents are high, having so many vacant units is a real problem.”

  • Any tenant who sublets their property via Airbnb without prior written agreement from their landlord has to pay the full amount of any income they receive as a result of any sublets to the landlord, the Cour de Cassation recently ruled.
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