Airbnb tightens control of lets in France

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Airbnb, on Monday, announced plans to tighten control of short-term rentals advertised on its site in several French cities including Paris. The online letting market place intends to do throw out those without formal registration numbers.

Airbnb has faced criticism in Paris and other cities, including Amsterdam and New York, over concerns that its short-term rentals make housing shortages worse.

Airbnb vows to take extra measures against people who let out properties in France for short-term stays without registering with authorities.

Airbnb also said that listings without a registration number in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux would be blocked from taking reservations as of this year while adding that the plan would be rolled out to other cities too.

Under existing rules in Paris, people are not allowed to rent out their entire homes on Airbnb for more than 120 days and are obliged to declare the rentals.

The new measures follow an appeal from France’s housing ministry for platforms such as Airbnb to work more closely with local authorities, including by sharing data and information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism and travel industries hard. Airbnb, which listed last December on the New York stock exchange, has suffered a blow to revenues as reservations dwindle.

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