Travel Housing shortage: Paris wins against Airbnb

17:00  22 september  2020
17:00  22 september  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Paris housing officials have welcomed a European Court of Justice ruling backing a French law that requires local authorisation for short-term It was also being watched by other European cities facing a shortage of housing for longer-term rent. Short-stay specialist Airbnb said it welcomed a decision

The EU Court of Justice ruled against two Airbnb owners who were fined after repeatedly and without authorisation rent for short periods to a "What a great victory!" tweeted Paris deputy mayor for housing Ian Brossat who has long been battling against the housing shortage in the French capital.

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The City of Paris won a victory on Tuesday in the fight between it and Airbnb, after validation on Tuesday by European justice of French law which regulates short-term rentals.

This decision, about a dispute between the French capital and two owners of Parisian studios using Airbnb, was eagerly awaited.

Indeed, a number of European cities, faced like Paris with a housing shortage, have tried to legislate to regulate tourist rentals on platforms like Airbnb or its competitors like Abritel / Homeaway.

In its judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU, based in Luxembourg , considers that "a national regulation subjecting to authorization the rental, in a repeated manner, of premises intended for housing for short periods to passing customers who do not take up residence there is in accordance with EU law ".

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Paris hosts who breach housing regulations will receive warning letters from Airbnb , as the company reacts to pressure from City Hall to act on commercial listings.

“Many suffer from a serious housing shortage . Where homes can be rented out more lucratively to Ian Brossat, Paris ’s deputy mayor in charge of housing , said the situation had deteriorated to such Campaigners and local authorities say say that since in many cities more than half of Airbnb listings

"The fight against the shortage of housing intended for long-term rental constitutes an overriding reason in the public interest justifying such regulations", she adds.

The mayor of Paris and French hoteliers applauded this stop.

"This victory, expected by many metropolises, marks a turning point for the supervision of seasonal rentals and constitutes a step forward for the right to housing for all", reacted Anne Hidalgo .

"It's an excellent decision (...) People who offer furnished rental accommodation must do so legitimately (...) All owners who offer their accommodation without registration are definitely illegal" , declared Didier Chenet, president of GNI, which represents independent French hoteliers.

For its part, the platform declared "to welcome this decision which will help clarify the rules applicable to guests who rent their second homes in Paris".

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“The centre of Paris is basically becoming a vast Airbnb hotel, and there are fewer and fewer residents,” Jean-Jacques Renard, vice president of the FCPE parents’ While record low interest rates and a shortage of housing have fuelled the boom, fingers are increasingly being pointed at Airbnb .

"Dozens of affordable housing groups and community organizations that have long accused Airbnb of exacerbating housing shortages are taking their grievances to U.S. financial regulators just as the short-term rental giant prepares to go public.

"We hope to work closely in the future with local authorities to develop a proportionate regulatory framework," she added.

"Additional controllers"

French law makes the rental of certain accommodation on platforms such as Airbnb conditional on prior authorization from the town hall in towns with more than 200,000 inhabitants and in the inner suburbs of Paris.

The main residences cannot be rented more than 120 days per year, the other residences must obtain an "authorization of change of use" from the town hall.

The European judges were referred in 2018 by the Cour de cassation , supreme court in France , several questions relating to the provisions of the construction and housing code.

The latter had itself been seized by the two owners of Parisian studios, sentenced in total to a fine of 40,000 euros for having rented their property without the prior authorization of the town hall.

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The city of Paris has filed a lawsuit against home rental service Airbnb for failing to respect local “ Airbnb , as well as Paris Attitude and Wimdu, will be served a summons this Thursday or Friday to Paris authorities, like other cities around the world, have been toughening restrictions on Airbnb

Airbnb is trying out a new business arrangement in Paris to bypass stringent French renting regulations. Paris followed through in April of this year, filing a lawsuit against Airbnb over the tens of “In Paris , more than 60 percent of households are rented, and housing is their main expense.

The case in France is not over: the French judge will have to check that the City of Paris has indeed provided evidence of a housing shortage.

And the municipality will have to justify the “reasonable, transparent and accessible” nature of the mechanism set up for second homes in Paris, known as “compensation”.

By this very dissuasive device, a rental authorization is only issued to the owner if he buys a commercial space of equivalent surface to the property, which he must then transform into a dwelling in order to compensate for "the loss of accommodation".

The decision of the Court of Justice of the EU has a first concrete effect: "It will allow us to recover all the fines for illegal rentals which were frozen", told AFP the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of Housing, Ian Brossat (Communist Party).

According to him, these fines (which Paris could not touch, the French courts being suspended from the decision of Luxembourg) amount to "several hundred thousand euros". This sum "will make it possible to finance the posts of additional controllers", he said, while Paris currently has about forty agents in the field.

According to Airbnb, the number of homes rented year-round through its services is around 4,100 (less than 10%). The Paris municipality, however, estimates their number "between 25,000 and 30,000".

22/09/2020 13:25:04 - Brussels (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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