France strengthens the supervision of Airbnb

The French Supervision Department keeps holding caution attitude to Airbnd. It will strengthen the supervision of Airbnb.


Recently, the Parliament in France is disussing act which the landlord qualifications is forced to cancel by rental platform. The landlords who breaks the law might face with huge fines or even imprison. In 2015, about 20 landlord qualifications were cancelled.

Paris city hall enacted a reporting system concerning the illegal homestay. It built a public data website named where it would post the landlord lists who obtained the certification of renting over 4 months. In the meantime, the government encourages the citizens to report those illegal homestays.

According to Paris rule, the govenment agrees anyone who rent the local house within four months. As is mentioned above, the website listed 125 landlords who are able to rent their house above four months. While the registered Airbnb landlords are over 41,000, among 16,900 of them are commercial, reports The Guardian.

It was reported that Airbnb broke the local act concerning renting the homestays. Some were rented without notifying the landlords and some were rented over four months. The government strengthens the management of Airbnb. Besides, it started collecting city tax from Airbnb in Paris and Chamonix. From August 1st, it will add more 18 cities to collect city tax, including Aix-en-Provence, Ajaccio, Annecy, Antibes, Avignon, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Cannes and Strasbourg.

The well development of Airbnb made threats to some luxury hotels. Hotel News Now reported that, in the first half of 2015, the occupancey rate of Le Bristol Paris declined to 61.2% from 69.2%. Four Seasons George V also encountered a 5% decline of occupancy rate.

Euro Cup 2016 is a good news to Airbnb instead of hotel owners. The statistics showed that about 250,000 travelers chose Airbnb service to watch Euro Cup, among 36% of those travelers even rent apartments to enjoy football matches.

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