Paris sues Airbnb for $14 million over unlawful commercials

(Reuters) – Town of Paris is suing Airbnb for publishing 1,000 unlawful rental listings, which may price greater than 12.5 million euros to the US rental web site, stated the mayor from Paris to a newspaper revealed in an interview Sunday.

Below French legislation, Parisian owners can lease out their place on short-term rental platforms for as much as 120 days a yr. Ads should embody a registration quantity to make sure that properties won’t be rented any longer.

France handed a legislation in 2018 condemning corporations corresponding to Airbnb to a high quality of 12,500 euros by unlawful posting, new provision that Paris will use to problem Airbnb in courtroom, stated the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo Sunday newspaper.

"The objective is to ship a bullet within the bows to finish the unauthorized leases that spoil some Parisian neighborhoods," Hidalgo stated within the interview.

A number of cities world wide have expressed concern that platforms corresponding to Airbnb are an unfair competitor to accommodations and will flip some neighborhoods into barren areas for vacationers.

An Airbnb spokeswoman stated that she had put in place measures to assist Paris customers of her web site adjust to European guidelines, however added that the principles in Paris have been "Ineffective, disproportionate and opposite to European guidelines".

France is Airbnb's second largest market after the USA. Paris, one of the crucial visited cities on this planet, is its largest single market with almost 65,000 dwellings listed.

Based in 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb's handle is for folks wishing to lease all or a part of their house to momentary visitors through an internet site.

(Report by Michel Rose, Edited by Elaine Hardcastle)

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