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Airbnb Hosts in Paris Forced to Register With the City in Crackdown Against Illegal Rentals

Stephane Mahe  / Reuters

An employee prepares breakfast in front of the Eiffel tower at the Parisian luxury hotel Le Plaza Athenee, France July 30, 2015. Nowhere in the world has more accommodation available on Airbnb than Paris, where hosts are now required to register their homes. Stephane Mahe / Reuters

Skift Take: Paris is taking a hard line against Airbnb hosts who are making a big business out of their multiple listing in an effort to combat a housing crunch. The measures don't seem unreasonable, and are ones that Airbnb and other affected platforms can certainly live with.

— Dennis Schaal

Paris authorities will make it mandatory for all landlords renting their homes through Airbnb Inc. and other online platforms to register before offering lodging, as the city seeks to increase control and crack down on those who unlawfully rent, Le Figaro reported.

The measure is meant to curb a housing shortage in the city, the newspaper said, citing the mayor’s housing adviser.

Owners will need a registration number to make their homes available to tourists, the newspaper said.

The mayor’s office will open the registration website on Oct. 2 and owners will have two months to comply, Le Figaro reported.

Paris imposed a tourist tax in May and increased rental controls that led judges to fine more unlawful landlords.

City rules limit homeowners to rentals of 120 days or less a year, and the city is cracking down on owners with multiple properties listing on rental platforms.

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