Airbnb: a duo of Renaissance-PS deputies will defend further regulation
A pair of Renaissance-PS deputies will defend a bill in mid-June to further regulate the rental market for furnished tourist accommodation in tight areas, in particular by extending the powers of communities and limiting tax allowances.
Co-signed by deputies from the presidential camp (Renaissance, Horizons, MoDem), the text also collected the signature of the socialist deputy from Pyrénées-Atlantiques Iñaki Echaniz. The latter was today appointed co-rapporteur of the text with the Renaissance deputy from Finistère Annaig Le Meurauthor of a report on ways to lower housing prices in tense areas with the LR Vincent Roland. Iñaki Echaniz had already tabled a bill last April to regulate this rental market and standard platforms Airbnb. He recommended, for example, “to exclude furnished tourist accommodation” from a tax abatement system, and to reduce from 120 to 90 the number of nights authorized for tourist rental.
This new bill, which must pass on May 31 in committee, and the week of June 12 in the hemicycle, does not go as far but “it is one more stone in the battle for housing and against speculation” , believes Iñaki Echaniz. “We know that the subject of housing will not be settled with this law alone, but it is a first stone”, abounds Annaïg Le Meur.
Their text intends to condition the possibility of making tourist rental to the realization of an energy performance diagnosis, on the model of long-term rentals, except exemption granted by the municipal council. “It is a question of preventing a flight of energy-intensive accommodation towards the tourist market”, details Iñaki Echaniz. The text also aims to strengthen the competence of small tourist municipalities. In tense areas, they could make tourist rentals conditional on prior authorization from them, particularly in the event of a change in use of premises or accommodation. This prerogative only exists at this stage for towns with more than 200,000 inhabitants or those of three Ile-de-France departments (Hauts-de-Seine, Saine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne).
Finally, their bill intends to tighten the scale of tax relief granted in the event of the rental of furnished tourist accommodation, taking into account certain specific cases such as mountain resorts. “It will not solve everything, but we had a window of opportunity to take action”, argues the Socialist deputy, who hopes for “other texts” on housing, a desire shared by certain deputies of the majority.