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14:15  27 november  2021
14:15  27 november  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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"Superb duplex cathedral view", "room in the heart of the little France" ... Some ads of rentals are still visible on Airbnb . More with the Christmas market , because the furnished tourism should once again refuel Strasbourg .

The capital Alsatian has today about 2,300 homes of this type, or 8,000 beds on the 39,000 accessible by counting the classical hotel. Figures from the town hall to take carefully because some owners do not declare by their rentals. Not to mention those who monetize them less than 120 days a year and whose dwellings are not considered tourist furnished.

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How to regulate all that? Since the development of Airbnb and its competitors, in the late 2000s, the subject is complicated. Both at the national and local level, the communities to collect the tourist tax. "The legislative framework remains too permissive even if the Law Elan [2018] has allowed us to better control and continue," summarizes the first deputy to the city of Strasbourg , Syamak Agha Babaei.

in his viewfinder? People who have multiple rentals of this type and have made their job. Far from the original image of the individual who offers a room to round his ends of months. "About 80% of the turnover of these platforms is achieved by 20% of professionals. Some may have 20, 25 homes and we know very well that there are clandestine hotels. These are against these people that must be fighting, "Launches Pierre Siegel.

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The President of the Crafts Union and the Hospitality Industry (UMIH) of Strasbourg calls for "reinforced controls" and therefore welcomes one of the last decisions of the Eurométropole. At the last council of 19 November, it was unanimously voted a tightening of regulation on the subject. With three measures: the share devoted to non-tourism housing should no longer be less than 60% of the total area of ​​a building, compared with 50% previously; One change of use for a furnished tourism will be tolerated by natural person (instead of two previously, understand that an owner will no longer be able to pass one of his apartments in furnished tourism); Finally, the rental duration in furnished tourist passes to 6 years, instead of 9 years so far in force.

Only two agents to control ...

"We send a signal and we give ourselves additional means to regulate," summarizes Syamak Agha Babaei, nevertheless conscious of the limits of this new municipal screw. First because it only applies to all new rentals that will seek municipal permission. Then because potential abuses will hardly be discovered. "We only have two sworn agents who can do it. It would take more service, we know it.

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In the meantime, the Strasbourg agglomeration hopes especially that these new rules will limit the diversion of traditional housing in rental furnished. The city estimates them to about 200 to 300 per year. Against 400, a few years ago. "Responding to the housing needs of the population begins with the fight against these diversions. The tightening of the Regulations must thus make it possible to preserve access to housing for families, particularly in the center of Strasbourg, "written in a statement the vice-president of the Eurométropole in charge of the habitat, Suzanne Brolly.

A statement that should not necessarily please the owners of good tourism. "I'm surprised by the lack of consultation on the part of the town hall," says Fanny Attia, the Guest Club of the Strasbourg community . "We are part of the actors of tourism, it's a shame that there was no meeting to discuss the subject. »

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