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Airbnb hosts now have to register rentals; hoteliers welcome Paris decision

Rental services faced criticised for driving up property prices, contributing to housing shortage

Reuters  |  Paris 

French hoteliers cheered on Wednesday a Paris City Council decision making it mandatory from December for people renting their apartments on short-term rental websites such as Airbnb to register their property with the town hall. The ruling comes as Airbnb, much like its ride-hailing peer Uber, is facing a growing crackdown from legislators worldwide triggered in part by lobbying from the hotel industry, who see the rental service as unfair competition. Airbnb and other rental platforms have also been criticised for driving up property prices and contributing to a housing ...

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First Published: Wed, July 05 2017. 23:16 IST