Sun. Feb 24th, 2019

Paris sues Airbnb for $14 million over unlawful ads

(Reuters) — The Metropolis of Paris is suing Airbnb for publishing 1,000 unlawful leases adverts, which might price the American rental web site greater than 12.5 million euros ($14 million), the mayor of Paris informed a newspaper in an interview revealed on Sunday.

Underneath French regulation, residence house owners in Paris can hire out their locations on short-term rental platforms for as much as 120 days in a yr. Commercials should embody a registration quantity to assist guarantee properties will not be rented out for longer.

France handed a regulation in 2018 which makes corporations corresponding to Airbnb punishable by fines of 12,500 euros per unlawful posting, a brand new provision Paris will use to problem Airbnb in courtroom, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo informed the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

“The aim is to ship a shot throughout the bows to get it over with unauthorized leases that spoil some Parisian neighborhoods,” Hidalgo mentioned within the interview.

A number of cities around the globe have expressed issues that platforms corresponding to Airbnb stand as unfair opponents to resorts and might flip some neighborhoods into sterile, tourist-only zones.

A spokeswoman for Airbnb mentioned it had carried out measures to assist Paris customers of its web site adjust to European guidelines, however added that the principles in Paris had been “inefficient, disproportionate and in contravention of European guidelines.”

France is Airbnb’s second-largest market after the USA. Paris, one of the crucial visited cities on the planet, is its largest single market, with round 65,000 houses listed.

Based in 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb matches folks wishing to hire out all or a part of their houses to non permanent company, through an internet site.

(Reporting by Michel Rose; Modifying by Elaine Hardcastle)

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