Paris Seeks $14 Million in Lawsuit Against Airbnb for Illegal Adverts

김동수 / 기사승인 : 2019-07-29 18:55:53


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[스페셜경제= Dongsu Kim] The City of Paris filed a lawsuit against Airbnb Inc. for publishing 1,000 illegal rentals adverts that could cast the American rental website over 12.5 million euros ($14 million), the city's mayor told a newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.

Based on French law, homeowners in Paris are permitted to rent out their places on short-term rental platforms for up to 120 days per year. Their advertisements should include a registration number in order to make sure that the properties are not rented out for longer periods, Reuters reported.

The report added that in 2018, France passed a law that makes rental website companies like Airbnb punishable by fines of 12,500 euros for each illegal posting. This is a new provision that Paris plans to use in challenging the hospitality service provider in court,  Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

“The goal is to send a shot across the bows to get it over with unauthorized rentals that spoil some Parisian neighborhoods,” the mayor said in his interview.

Several cities all over the globe have openly expressed their concerns that platforms such as Airbnb stand as unfair competitors against bigger hospitality providers like hotels and could possibly turn some neighborhoods into sterile, tourist-only locations.

Airbnb had imposed measures to help Paris users of its rental website to comply with European policies, a company spokeswoman said. However, she added, that the rules in the city of Paris were "inefficient, disproportionate and in contravention of European rules.”

France is the rental website company's second-largest market next to the United States, with Paris as Airbnb's biggest single market—mainly because the city among the most visited cities in the whole world and has around 65,000 homes listed on the website.

Airbnb was founded in 2008 in San Francisco and aims to match people who wish to rent out all or part of their homes to temporary guests through the website.

파리, 에어비앤비 상대로 소송 걸어..약 159억 원 상당에 휘청

[스페셜경제= 김동수 기자] 파리시가 숙박공유플랫폼 에어비앤비를 상대로 1,000개의 불법 임대광고를 낸 혐의로 1250만유로(약 159억원) 상당의 소송을 제기했다.

현지 매체에 따르면 파리 집주인들은 1년동안 최대 120일간 집을 단기 임대할 수 있다. 숙박 광고시엔 이 기간을 넘기지 않도록 등록번호를 표시해야 한다.

프랑스는 지난해 에어비앤비와 같은 회사가 불법 광고를 게시할 경우 게시물 당 1만 2,500유로 벌금을 부과하는 법안을 통과시켰다.

앤 히달고 파리 시장은 “일부 파리 근교 지역을 망치고 있는 무단 임대 사업을 끝내도록 하는 것이 목표”라고 말했다.

한편 프랑스는 에어비앤비에게 미국 다음으로 큰 시장이다.

[ⓒ 스페셜경제. 무단전재-재배포 금지]

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