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Fine of 1.2 million to Booking for breaching the Paris tourism code

Paris, Oct 18 (EFE) .- Booking was sentenced this Monday to a fine of 1,234 million euros for breaching the tourism code that Paris requires of this type of online accommodation reservation platforms to control that a private owner does not rent your property beyond the authorized 120 days.

The Paris Court ruled that the Dutch company had ignored provisions of that code by not transmitting certain information to the mayor of the French capital, in particular the number of days that furnished tourist accommodation was rented.

The complaint by the City Council was presented last January, when the local administration argued that it had not received the requested information within the prescribed period, and claimed more than 150 million euros.

The court considered that even though Booking transmitted the requested information, it did so late, so the fine imposed, which will be paid to the city of Paris, should have been set at a lower amount.

According to the newspaper Le Monde, the accommodation company showed its “disappointment” by this decision and claimed to have worked closely with the City Council to guarantee the quality and effectiveness of the data and thus comply with legal obligations in France.

“The data retroactively required by law did not allow Booking.com the time necessary to adequately comply with the requirements related to the quality of the documents shared,” argued in statements collected by French media that firm based in Amsterdam.

The City Council governed by the socialist Anne Hidalgo won a legal victory in this area in February 2021, as the Supreme Court ruled that the regulation of short-term tourist rentals complied with European law to address the housing shortage.

The Paris Court last July sentenced the Airbnb platform to a fine of more than 8 million euros for having maintained ads without the mandatory registration number since 2017.

(c) EFE Agency

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