Paris lim­its Airbnb rentals

San Francisco Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

Airbnb says hosts in cen­tral Paris can now only rent out their homes for up to 120 nights a year, a new limit in­tro­duced to com­ply with city reg­u­la­tions.

The com­pany’s di­rec­tor for France and Bel­gium, Em­manuel Mar­ill, said Tues­day that the cap will ap­ply to the first, sec­ond, third and fourth ar­rondisse­ments, or dis­tricts, of Paris. A ticker show­ing how many re­main­ing nights are avail­able will be on the host’s page.

City Coun­cil mem­ber Syl­vain Mail­lard tweeted praise for the de­ci­sion, though crit­ics said it should be ex­tended to all 20 Paris neigh­bor­hoods.

Res­i­dents and reg­u­la­tors in tourist des­ti­na­tions world­wide have protested ser­vices like Airbnb, say­ing that they drive up hous­ing costs and that hosts use them to run com­mer­cial busi­nesses. Other cities have in­sti­tuted lim­its or re­quire per­mits.

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