PARIS (Reuters) – Airbnb announced plans on Monday to tighten control of short-term rentals advertised on its site in several French cities including Paris, by throwing out those without formal registration numbers.
France is one of Airbnb’s top destinations but the online letting marketplace has faced criticism in Paris and other cities, including Amsterdam and New York, over concerns that its short-term rentals make housing shortages worse.
Airbnb said it would take extra measures against people who let out properties in France for short-term stays without registering with authorities.
Listings without a registration number in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux would be blocked from taking reservations as of this year, Airbnb said, adding the plan would be rolled out to other cities too.
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