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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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PARIS, France (AFP) —- The city of Paris has sharply stepped up fines on homeowners for illegally renting out their apartments on websites such as Airbnb, a city official said Wednesday.

“Between January 1 and August 15, 2018 we registered 1.38 million euros (us$1.60 million) in fines for illegal rentals to tourists” compared to 1.3 million euros for all of 2017, said Ian Bressat, responsible for housing in the mayor's office.

That works out to an increase of nearly 60 per cent over the rate at which fines were issued last year.

He said 111 fines had been issued for an average of around 12,000 against people improperly renting out a secondary residence.

“They are professionals disguising themselves as amateurs” said Brossat, adding that overwhelmingly the rentals were advertised via Airbnb.

The boom in holiday rentals on platforms such as Airbnb has also worried residents and officials in Paris, as in numerous other cities, as they fear a drop in apartments available for long-term rentals.

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