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.
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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.
Airbnb has already started enforcing limits to private home rentals in two popular European cities on the home-sharing platform, London and Amsterdam.
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The move came amid complaints from some cities that the booming house sharing sector can lead to illegal hotels and contribute to housing shortages.
In London, Airbnb introduced automated limits to help ensure entire home listings in London are not shared for more than 90 days, unless hosts prove they have permission to share their space for longer. The new measures have been in place since spring 2017.
In the Dutch capital home owners can only rent out their properties for a maximum of 60 days per year.
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