Airbnb rentals in central Paris capped at 120 days a year
In Paris, France, on Nov.18, 2014. (Jacques Brinon / AP)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:26AM EST
PARIS -- Airbnb says hosts in central Paris can now only rent out their homes for up to 120 nights a year, a new cap introduced to comply with city regulations.
The company's director for France and Belgium, Emmanuel Marill, said Tuesday the cap would apply to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th districts, or arrondissements, of Paris. Hosts will have a "ticker" on their home page showing how many nights they have remaining available.
City council member Sylvain Maillard tweeted praise for the decision, though critics said it should be extended to all 20 Paris arrondissements.
Residents and regulators in tourist destinations worldwide have protested services like Airbnb, saying they drive up housing costs and that hosts use them to run commercial businesses. Other cities have instituted caps or require permits.