Airbnb has announced that it is living up to its commitments to the Minister of Housing by implementing mandatory registration in 10 new cities. This two-stage process started on March 3rd and will be applied to all entire home hosts from the 2nd of June, at which time they will have to be registered to continue welcoming guests for short term stays. With this new measure, Airbnb continues its progress to facilitate safe and sustainable travel across France.
- As of the 3rd of March 2022, all new hosts of entire homes on Airbnb have to request and display a registration number for short-term rentals on their listing’s page.
- From the 2nd of June, this obligation will be extended to all entire home Hosts in 9 of these cities (Albi, Troyes, Ahetze, Arcangues, Ascain, Bassussary, Boucau, Saint-Pierre-d’Irube et à Urrugne) and to Montpellier from the 7th of July.
- Officials will also be offered access to Airbnb’s City portal, a first-of-its-kind resource developed by Airbnb for local governments, providing tools to help them monitor compliance with local registration rules.
Every year, Airbnb also shares data with eligible cities which allows them to understand local home-sharing trends and to better enforce applicable rules in accordance with the ELAN law. Airbnb is also supporting the French Government’s efforts to build a technical solution (API) which will make it easier for cities to compute and compare data shared by different short term rental platforms and make sure hosts follow the rules.
The registration system: a simple and free process
Registration is simple, immediate and free and only takes a few minutes. Hosts can request their registration number through an online form, directly on each municipality’s website (see here for links to cities’ websites). A personal number will be issued automatically and immediately for Hosts to enter in a dedicated field displayed on their listing page on Airbnb.
To help Hosts of those cities register, Airbnb is implementing a series of measures. The platform has created a regulatory hub, where Hosts can find more information on registration and on current regulations of home rental in France. Meanwhile, Airbnb is launching a phone call and email campaign to inform and guide Hosts.
“These actions are in line with our ‘Airbnb Healthy Tourism Recovery Pledge’. As of now, mandatory Host registration and the City Portal have been rolled out to 20 cities such as Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Biarritz and Bayonne. We will continue the implementation of these tools in other cities throughout the year, to support healthy tourism that will benefit local communities.”
Emmanuel Marill, Airbnb Managing Director, EMEA
More about registration
The aim of registration is to facilitate each city’s short-term rental control measures (verification of the legal rental limit of 120 days per year for main residences, etc.).
The obligation to register only applies in some municipalities, and applies only to entire homes for short-term rentals. It does not apply to other types of accommodation such as bed and breakfast, accommodations available only for long stays (365 days or more) or rented exclusively under a “bail mobilité”, private rooms etc. For more information, click here. Hosts should register every listing they own or manage.