Airbnb tighten rules in Paris
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.