Fri. Jul 19th, 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 may price the American rental web site greater than 12.5 million euros ($14 million), the mayor of Paris advised a newspaper in an interview printed on Sunday.

Beneath French regulation, residence homeowners in Paris can hire out their locations on short-term rental platforms for as much as 120 days in a yr. Ads should embody a registration quantity to assist guarantee properties usually are not rented out for longer.

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

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

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

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

France is Airbnb’s second-largest market after the US. Paris, some of the visited cities on the earth, is its greatest 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 friends, through a web site.

(Reporting by Michel Rose; Modifying by Elaine Hardcastle)

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