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French Government Endorses Airbnb in Paris...

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Much has been said here about airbnb's operations in Paris - now it seems that all is smooth and the French government gives it support to airbnb - well you can read this article from New from France, published by teh French government - airbnb has agreed to conform to local laws on rentals so you can be sure now that a Paris or French airbnb will be in accordance with French laws:

The story from News from France:

Airbnb.com, launched in August 2008, is an online marketplace
where those looking for a place to stay in different
cities can rent space from people who choose to lease
rooms, apartments and houses independently through
the website. The start-up company has seen enormous
growth since its inception—currently Airbnb is available
in over 33,000 cities in 192 countries, and is continuing to
expand. As a greater number of individuals begin to participate
in the so-called “sharing economy”—wherein individuals
offer their services to others without third-party
intervention—the Airbnb marketplace has proved attractive
to travelers seeking cost-effective lodging from hosts
that may offer insight to tourists in a new city.

One of the most successful cities for Airbnb users is also the number
one tourist destination in the world: Paris.
On February 26, American Airbnb co-founder and CEO
Brian Chesky named Paris the global capital for rentals
between individuals at a conference with French entrepreneurs.
Since 2008 when Airbnb was created, over 1.8 million
tourists have flocked to the French capital, making it
the largest market worldwide. The French government is
committed to welcoming more visitors and consistently
identifying new ways to keep the tourism industry flourishing—these
efforts include the support of companies
such as Airbnb.
Chesky spoke with Paris Deputy Mayor Bruno Julliard
about two important issues for both the city and Airbnb:
the tourist tax and the application of the French ALUR law.
Following the passage of the 2015 Finance Bill and a vote
by the Paris Council, Airbnb will now collect a tourist tax on
behalf of its Parisian hosts and users. Additionally, Airbnb
will reinforce the ALUR law, which regulates the leasing of
properties in the country. Although individuals offering
short-term rentals through their residences are permitted
to do so through Airbnb, residences dedicated solely to
short-term leasing must be classified as commercial rental
property. Through this cooperation, Airbnb and the French
government will continue to enjoy a mutually beneficial
relationship.
The start-up company announced that Paris will play
host to the Airbnb OPEN Conference in November 2015,
which will bring more than 6,000 participants together for
the first time outside of the company’s founding city of San
Francisco.

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