Airbnb Contests Paris City Hall Claim of Illegal Adverts – Bloomberg

Airbnb Inc. said rules for short-term tourist rentals in Paris are excessively bureaucratic and might breach European Union standards, as the city’s authorities seek a 12.5 million-euro ($14 million) fine against the online home-stay company for posting illegal advertisements.

The terms set by city hall “are inefficient, disproportionate and against European regulations,” a spokeswoman for Airbnb said in an email on Sunday, after Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in an interview with weekly Journal du Dimanche that the French capital’s authorities sued Airbnb for posting 1,000 illegal rental listings.

Under French law, home owners in Paris can rent their places on short-term rental platforms for as many as 120 days in a year. The owners must also register the business with their local municipality and ads have to bear the registration number.

Inspections conducted by the Paris municipality found that at least 1,000 ads posted on Airbnb’s site didn’t abide by the rules, Hidalgo said. “We can’t accept that Airbnb and others don’t respect the law,” JDD quoted Hidalgo as saying. “Our control inspectors have listed a first batch of 1,000 illegal ads, which could be fined 12,500 euros each.” 

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