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The decree obliging renters using AirBnB and other platforms to register in the town hall has been published!

Thanks to this new decree published in the Journal Officiel, large cities will now be able to force renters on online hosting platforms to declare themselves in the town halls. The objective: to better identify the actors and better regulate the legal rental period. A measure that AirBnB deems difficult to apply.  

Airbnb Decree: regulation becomes intense in large cities Airbnb Decree: regulation becomes intense in large cities

Long awaited, the publication in the Journal Officiel of the decree implementing the reforms introduced by the latest legislation further strengthens the regulation of digital hosting platforms like AirBnB. In particular, it gives (in a non-obligatory way) municipalities with more than 200,000 inhabitants and towns in the Parisian suburbs the possibility of requiring short-term renters using these platforms to register their accommodations in town halls.

This means renters will be assigned a registration number that will appear on their ad: without this number, the rental will be declared illegal. Registration is done via an online procedure.

This system aims to identify short-term tourist accommodations and verify that the legal rental period, set at 120 days maximum per year, is respected.

The UMIH and the CNG, recently recognized as the hotel industry's majority professional trade unions, reacted to the news, welcoming the fact that "France finally has tools to allow the control and transparency of furnished rentals." Jean-Bernard Falco, President of the AhTop (Association for Professional Accommodation and Tourism) also spoke about the subject at the 21st Global Lodging Forum held on April 10th and 11th.

AirBnB, which announced in February its will to set up an automated system in France to remove ads from its site once the threshold of 120 days is reached, considers the implementation of this decree complicated. According to the platform cities applying this measure will indeed have to carry out many controls to ensure its effectiveness...