'80% of Parisian Airbnb accommodations are illegal'

Paris imposes high fines on Airbnb hosts who illegally offer holiday accommodation on the site. Airbnb itself is held responsible for unregistered listings with the help of a new law. According to French rules, a house may not be sublet more than 120 nights per year. This requires written permission from the landlord

Paris imposes high fines on Airbnb hosts who illegally offer holiday accommodation on the site. Airbnb itself is held responsible for unregistered listings with the help of a new law.

According to French rules, a house may not be sublet more than 120 nights per year. This requires written permission from the landlord. In October 2016, it was decided that Airbnb hosts should apply for a registration number for each holiday accommodation they place on the site. The deadline for this was December 1, 2017. By January 2018, 80 percent of the listings had not been paid.

According to the Paris city council, 1, 38 billion euros of fines were issued this year alone, more than in 2017. The objection is that the Airbnb hosts are withdrawing houses from the housing market, driving rents and causing over-tourism in residential areas.

In order to keep not only the landlords but also Airbnb responsible, a bill has been submitted. That lies with the French Senate for assessment.