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Parisian hotel lobby goes on the attack

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This article appeared in Friday's edition of Le Parisien.
http://www.leparisien.fr/economie/airbnb-dans-l-oeil-de-la-justice-24-06-2016-5908951.php
It's important to note that the hotel lobby has not only lodged a complaint against AirBnB, but has included all vacation rental listings which appear on internet platforms. It's also important to note that the hotel lobby has an awful lot of "muscle".

The courts have accepted to pursue the complaint, since at least 6 serious crimes - punishable by prison terms - are linked to the way the agencies/individuals operate.
The most serious is linked to failure to declare revenue or pay taxes in France, which would put the operators in prison for 3 years for money-laundering. This means the property owner would go to prison, not the agency which represents the property, though it's possible that the agency might be involved as an accomplice.
Another is "acting as a hotelier or real estate agent without prior authorization as a member in a recognized organization".

AirBnB refused to comment on this article, only stating that the company was outraged over the actions of the hotel lobby, which doesn't understand the way people want to travel now.
AirBnB, which lists its fiscal residence in Ireland, even though France is the agency's 3rd most popular venue, only paid 90K euros in French taxes in 2014, based on an approximate 140,000 listings in Paris.

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