Airbnb places an automatic rental cap on offers in central Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Short-term rental site Airbnb, which has challenged traditional hotel operators such as Accor and Marriott, said it would automatically limit the number of days its guests can rent their property each year in the center from Paris.

A woman talks on the phone at Airbnb headquarters in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco, California, United States, August 2, 2016. REUTERS / Gabrielle Lurie

The decision, which will take effect in January and reflects initiatives already in place in London and Amsterdam, will require hosts to effectively comply with France’s official limit on short-term rentals of 120 days per year for a residence. main.

It comes as Airbnb, like its Uber counterpart, faces a growing crackdown from lawmakers around the world – sparked in part by lobbying from the hotel industry, which views rental service as unfair competition.

Airbnb and other rental platforms have also been criticized for driving up property prices and contributing to a housing shortage in some cities like Paris or Berlin.

Airbnb, which has denied having a significant impact on the housing shortage, has tried to appease local authorities.

“Paris is Airbnb’s number one city in the world and we want to make sure our host community grows in a responsible and sustainable manner,” said Emmanuel Marill, Airbnb CEO for France.

In Paris, the automatic ceiling on rents will only apply to the first four districts of the city, unless authorized by the owner. These districts include tourist hotspots such as the Marais and monuments such as the Louvre and Place de la Concorde.

Airbnb is putting the cap in place because Paris City Hall made it mandatory from December for people renting apartments on short-term rental sites to register their property with City Hall.

Ian Brossat, housing adviser at Paris city hall, told Reuters that the cap should extend to all of Paris.

“By law, websites must remove ads that do not comply with the law in all of Paris. We cannot accept that a website complies with the law only in the first four districts of Paris, ”said Brossat.

With more than 400,000 ads, France is Airbnb’s second largest market after the United States. Paris, which is the most visited city in the world, is Airbnb’s largest single market, with 65,000 homes.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Additional reporting by Arthur Connan in Paris; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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