Airbnb tighten rules in Paris

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The house-shar­ing start-up Airbnb has agreed to work with Paris City Hall to clamp down on il­le­gal rentals by send­ing warn­ing let­ters to any hosts sus­pected of breach­ing city reg­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing rent­ing out a prop­erty for more than four months and leas­ing prop­erty that is not a pri­mary res­i­dence. With more than 60,000 list­ings, Paris is the most pop­u­lar city in the world for house shar­ing on Airbnb. How­ever, there are a grow­ing num­ber of long-term rentals and busi­nesses us­ing the site to rent mul­ti­ple prop­er­ties which is ar­gued to have a detri­men­tal im­pact on the avail­abil­ity of res­i­den­tial hous­ing in the city. Now hosts sus­pected of vi­o­lat­ing the rules will re­ceive a warn­ing let­ter from City Hall, sent via Airbnb, warn­ing them to fol­low the city’s house-shar­ing reg­u­la­tions. Al­though Airbnb will not dis­close names to Paris of­fi­cials, it is hoped this more ag­gres­sive move will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the crack­down on il­le­gal rentals. A trial pe­riod of four months has been granted, af­ter which time City Hall will in­ter­vene to eval­u­ate the ini­tia­tive’s im­pact.

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