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(Reuters) — The Metropolis of Paris is suing Airbnb for publishing 1,000 unlawful leases adverts, which may price the American rental web site greater than 12.5 million euros ($14 million), the mayor of Paris informed a newspaper in an interview printed on Sunday.

Underneath French legislation, dwelling homeowners in Paris can hire out their locations on short-term rental platforms for as much as 120 days in a yr. Ads should embody a registration quantity to assist guarantee properties will not be rented out for longer.

France handed a legislation in 2018 which makes corporations equivalent to Airbnb punishable by fines of 12,500 euros per unlawful posting, a brand new provision Paris will use to problem Airbnb in courtroom, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo informed the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

“The aim is to ship a shot throughout the bows to get it over with unauthorized leases that spoil some Parisian neighborhoods,” Hidalgo stated within the interview.

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A number of cities world wide have expressed considerations that platforms equivalent to Airbnb stand as unfair opponents to resorts and might flip some neighborhoods into sterile, tourist-only zones.

A spokeswoman for Airbnb stated it had carried out measures to assist Paris customers of its web site adjust to European guidelines, however added that the principles in Paris have been “inefficient, disproportionate and in contravention of European guidelines.”

France is Airbnb’s second-largest market after the USA. Paris, some of the visited cities on the planet, is its greatest single market, with round 65,000 properties listed.

Based in 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb matches individuals wishing to hire out all or a part of their properties to momentary friends, through a web site.

(Reporting by Michel Rose; Enhancing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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