The City of Paris is very critical of Airbnb because of the judicial battle against the French regulation that regulates the activity of tourist rentals, in contradiction with the conciliatory image that the company had wanted to give just a few weeks ago.
The councilor in charge of housing, Ian Brossat, denounces a "double Airbnb manifesto" and a "completely hypocritical attitude that consists in giving big smiles before sticking daggers in the back".
In statements published today by "Le Journal du Dimanche", Brossat recalls that the US giant, along with other tourist rental platforms (Abritel Home Ayaw, Clévacances, Leboncoin or Tripadvisor) had signed on June 6 a self-regulation agreement with the French Government.
They committed themselves, above all, to limit the time a private individual can rent their house in this tourist format to 120 days a year and to apply it at the latest on January 1, in line with a law already in force.
The municipal official ironizes that "they commit to respect the law two years late" but at the same time "they try to ruin our device, which is based on that same law".
The reason for your complaint is that on June 12, Airbnb raised two priority issues of constitutionality before the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris.
The first goes against the aforementioned law of 2014 (Alur) that establishes the limit of 120 days a year and the second against another of 2016 (Lemaire) that obliges owners to obtain a registration number in their town hall so that the Administration can exercise control
The German company Wimdu launched a similar procedure under the emergency procedure also on June 12 in a context in which the City Council of the French capital requires them to withdraw illegal advertisements.
Paris is the largest urban market in the world for Airbnb with 60,529 active ads, but the fact that the City Council has registered only 19,838 owners although that declaration is mandatory from December 1, 2017.
In the first half of this year, the courts have imposed 89 fines against owners for breach of regulations for an amount of more than one million euros, compared with 1.3 million for the entire year 2017.
On July 5, 12 European cities (including Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin or Amsterdam) launched an initiative before the European Commission to assert their position against these platforms, which consider that they can not be held responsible for illegal advertisements.