On November 19, 2021, the Strasbourg Avrometropolis voted to tighten the Airbnb rules regarding furniture rentals. This continues efforts in 2016 in Strasbourg, accompanied by a sharp decline in the rental housing stock through this platform. However, this is largely due to the results of Covid-19, as society struggles to impose sanctions on fraudsters.
Available on several platforms, Airbnb is the most popular, but also Booking.com, HomeAway or even Vrbo, tourist accommodations designed for short stays are especially in demand in a tourist city like Strasbourg. Eurometropolis discussed on November 19, 2021, a tougher regulation of tourist rents, accusing the sector of stealing “200-300 apartments a year in Strasbourg” from a traditional rental fund.
In 2016, the inter-municipal association had already laid the groundwork for these restrictions and had already estimated that these rents caused 300-400 house losses per year. This discussion has been added to three national texts, the Alur Act, the Ad Law, and the Law for the Digital Republic … These laws, for example, limit the number of overnight stays for major residences to 120 days a year and force the owner. tourist accommodation to register in their municipality.
Local regulations also limit the number of apartments per owner and force Airbnb and other services to levy a tourist tax. From 2019, accommodation providers must compensate for the creation of tourist housing by creating similar accommodation in the area.
“Prefer to stay”
New Eurometropolis rules applied from 1is January 2022, limits permits for change of use to 6 years compared to the previous 9 years. After this period, the owners must return their apartments to the classic rental fund. They can have only one for each person (as opposed to the previous two). Finally, the percentage of surface area that can be invested in the same building or on the same plot of land to accommodate furnished tourists has been reduced from 50% to 40%.
For Vice President Suzanne Brolly, who is in charge of the apartment, this new text should make it possible to “prefer life”:
“We see companies in the city center dividing their buildings into tourist areas,” he said. When we see such a mass sale, we are powerless. The idea is to use all available levers to combat real estate inflation. “