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Paris launches a website listing the housing rule

The city of Paris, which seeks to regulate tourist locations via Airbnb, launched a website listing the declared housing, hoping to push the owners of apartments rented to comply.

Some are downright see a call for denunciation but Paris City Hall denies it. Since Tuesday, May 10, the municipality divided into “open data” the rental of tourist homes declared in the rules. Opendata.paris.fr on the site, it is now possible to find out where the reported dwellings are located.

The goal: to push the owners of apartments rented on Airbnb in particular to comply. This list shows the moment a little over a hundred homes, the vast majority concentrated in the popular – and closely watched – fourth and seventh districts of the capital.

The list of website addresses of homes affected, and can locate on a map.

“Apply pressure” on owners Mathias Vicherat, the chief of staff of the mayor of Paris interviewed by Europe 1, it is not necessarily encourage denunciation, but to provoke “a kind of civic conscience of shock, and that people put in good standing for themselves. “But he acknowledges that “somehow, this may exert pressure, including through the trustee, where neighbors who go to account by asking why this person did not conduct ongoing compliance operation to rent its housing. “

The example of Berlin

Currently, the Alur law on real estate provides that an individual wishing to rent their principal residence can not offer more than four months a year, under penalty of a fine of 25,000 euros. A sanction the bill on the digital economy plans to weigh 100,000 euros, together with the obligation for individuals to seek permission to rent from town halls.

Paris follows here the example of the German capital, which has recently strengthened its conditions of tourist rentals and clearly called its citizens to denounce. An initiative which is not to everyone’s taste. Certain users see it as a call for denunciation, that refutes the municipality. The latter, interviewed by The Huffington Post, argues in particular that no specific platform is set up to receive the alerts, as is the case in Berlin.