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Municipalities may require a list of rented housing from platforms such as Airbnb

A decree issued Thursday, specifies “the terms and frequency of transmission of information that a municipality may ask furnished rental intermediaries”.

Temporary rental platforms, such as Airbnb, may be forced by the municipalities to provide a detailed list of the dwellings rented through them once a year, according to a decree published in the Official Journal, Thursday 31 October. Are specified “the modalities and frequency of transmission of information that a municipality may request from furnished rental intermediaries, including digital platforms”.

It applies to municipalities, such as Paris, which already require landlords to publicly declare each rented apartment via a platform of this type. The decree, which will come into force on December 1, allows them to go further, since they will now be able to ask for the precise number of days during which the housing concerned will have been rented.

The text is, for the most part, not new, as its principle was enshrined in the Housing Act passed last year. But it fixes some details, in particular the fact that the municipalities will be able to ask for such a list only once a year.

The scale of the tourist rental phenomenon is an issue of communication between groups such as Airbnb and many large cities. These show the success of Airbnb as a major cause of difficulty in housing, especially in Paris, where the socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo does not exclude prohibiting Airbnb in some neighborhoods. For their part, the platforms consider that they represent a marginal phenomenon in view of the size of the housing market.

Between the two, the Minister of Housing, Julien Denormandie, posed Thursday as arbitrator in an interview at Parisian. He particularly opposed an amendment passed in the Senate, allowing municipalities to impose a maximum rental period – between two and four months per year – via these platforms. “Airbnb allows many French to have a little more money at the end of the month, to repay their creditsaid Julien Denormandie. Renting your principal residence for 120 days does not reduce the supply of housing. “

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