Le Figaro yesterday published an article detailing how many fines were imposed on apartment owners in Paris who flouted the laws on how often you can rent your principal residence via apartment-sharing platforms and requiring the 13-digit registration number.
According to the article, there are 100,000 apartments on offer via AirBnB-like listing services in Paris, of which 65,000 of them are on AirBnB itself.
The tribunals fined apartment owners a total of €2.1 million euros in 2018 (compared to 1.3 € million in 2017).
156 apartments were the subject of lawsuits; of those, 118 were judged illegal. One apartment owner had to pay €10,000 for each of his six apartments in the 5th arrondissment.
There are some new fines envisioned in an update to the law. Now, owners who advertise their apartments without the required 13-digit number can be fined up to €5000 for that. (The article says that so far, only 13,000 of the 100,000 apartments on offer list their required registration number.)
And finally, not only apartment owners, but now the platforms themselves, are subject to fines. Platforms that refuse to eliminate illegal listings can be fined up to €50,000 for each non-compliant residence.
To me, all of this indicates two different things:
1) these measures will indeed incite some owners to pay closer attention to the law.
2) this is a very small drop in the bucket compared to the number of listings that exist.