France plans to ban energy-intensive homes from the short-term rental market

France: The French government aims to ban the listing of poorly insulated accommodation on short-term rental platforms, the Deputy Minister for Housing and the City said this week.

From 1 January 2023, when the new climate law comes into force, landlords will no longer be authorized to put the most poorly insulated apartments and houses on the long-term rental market (known as “thermal sieves”) . The government wants to ensure that these units, labeled G on an energy performance scale, do not end up on the market in the short term instead.

“It is out of the question to hide behind the ban on renting [such housing] by transforming residences into furnished tourist accommodation,” said Deputy Minister Olivier Klein. “We have to work towards the same rules,” he explained.

French climate law targets poorly insulated homes because they lead to increased energy consumption as residents attempt to heat the space. By 2034, all poorly insulated apartments and houses – labeled E, F and G – will be gradually banned from the long-term rental market.

Ian Brossat, housing assistant to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, welcomed the minister’s statements and said that “for months we have been alerting to this scandal”. In October, Airbnb announced an investment of 1 million euros in France to boost and support the energy renovation plans of its hosts.

Klein also hinted that the government would look into the tax benefits of renting tourist accommodation: “There needs to be more justice in the tax dealings that you have with furnished tourist accommodation compared to furnished accommodation. non-tourist classic. We are working on it,” he said.

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