Paris is suing the Airbnb, a global conglomerate headquartered in San Francisco, for publishing over one thousand illegal rental advertisements, which had cost the American Rental website over 12.5 million euros, the mayor of Paris told in a Newspaper interview on Sunday, the 10th of February.
Under the French Law, the Paris homeowners are allowed to rent out their places on short-term rental platforms for up to four months in a year.
The rental property advertisements must include a registration number in order to ensure that the properties are not being rented out for longer periods. According to the Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo’s interview in the Journal du Dimanche Newspaper, Paris had passed a law in 2018, which makes it possible for Paris to punish the illegal advertisement of Airbnb, and according to the law, each Airbnb illegal posting would be fined by 12,500 euros.
During the interview, the Paris Mayor said, “The goal is to send a shot across the bows to get it over with unauthorized rentals that spoil some Parisian neighborhoods.
” As an aftermath, a spokesman for Airbnb had said that the Airbnb website had introduced measures that complied with the European rules, however he also complained that the rules in Paris had been disproportionate, inefficient and in contravention of European rules.