A man makes his apartment available via the Airbnb platform more than 300 times a year – until his own landlord finds out. The secret accommodation in the French capital costs a mere 178 euros per night. The man now has to pay “his” profit to the actual owner.
In Paris, the tenant of a two-room apartment has been sentenced to pay more than 221,000 euros after illegal subletting via the Airbnb platform. Between 2016 and 2020, the man had sublet the apartment 329 times and collected around 198,000 euros. According to the verdict, he now has to transfer the sum to the owners of the apartment, as the newspaper “Le Figaro” reported.
In addition, there are 11,370 euros in rent arrears because the man did not pay his own rent in full despite the bubbling income. In addition, repairs for 11,500 euros were due in the apartment, which he also had to shell out according to the court.
In June 2020, the owners noticed that their apartment in the sixth arrondissement in central Paris was being misused as an Airbnb quarter. Data they requested from the brokerage platform showed that the apartment was rented for 1114 days at an average price of 178 euros per day. You yourself had asked for a monthly rent of 1380 euros cold. The judges based their judgment on a clause in the rental agreement, according to which subletting requires the written consent of the owner. This was not available.
The tenant and Airbnb also violated the French regulation for cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants, according to which rented accommodation can be sublet for tourism for a maximum of 120 days a year. Actually, the platform should have blocked the tenant’s member account from a certain moment. This fact played no role in the verdict.
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