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Airbnb: these little-known exceptions for renting your main residence more than 120 days a year

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Airbnb: these little-known exceptions for renting your main residence more than 120 days a year

Each month, the “Grand rendez-vous de l’immobilier” (Capital / Radio Immo) answers your questions through its sequence “It concerns you”. Our experts – lawyers, notaries, real estate agents – resolve the most complex legal issues for you and provide you with sound advice whether you are planning to sell, buy, rent or renovate your home. In this sequence, Xavier Demeuzoy, a lawyer in Paris, answers a question from Pierre. Pierre rents his main residence in Paris on Airbnb. Is it possible to rent beyond 120 days per year?

In response, Xavier Demeuzoy first recalls the rule. In Paris and in large cities (Lyon, Bordeaux, etc.) with more than 200,000 inhabitants, it is forbidden to rent out your main residence for more than 120 days a year, via Airbnb-type platforms. Article 324 of the Civil Code governs this prohibition. In the event of fraud, the owner is liable to fines which can exceed 10,000 euros. But it is little known, there are exceptions to this rule. The possibility of renting for more than 120 days for professional reasons, medical reasons or for cases of force majeure. The professional motive is undoubtedly the easiest to exploit, reminds our lawyer, who won a court decision last year on this subject. The typical case is that of an employee forced by a long-term business trip… Find all of Xavier Demeuzoy’s pitch in the video above.


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