EU’s top law: Airbnb is an online platform, not subject to real estate regulations

The European Court of Justice, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Justice, ruled today that Airbnb, a travel rental platform, is an online platform, not a real estate agent, and is therefore not subject to Europe’s heavy property regulations. The case was brought before the European Court of Justice following a complaint from the French tourist association AHTOP. According to AHTOP, Airbnb has 20,000 of the 60,000 listings available in Paris.

EU's top law: Airbnb is an online platform, not subject to real estate regulations

Airbnb is an “information social service” or simply an online platform and cannot be considered a real estate agent, the European Court of Justice said today. Analysts say the ruling could have wide-ranging implications for other businesses in the so-called “zero-work economy.”

At the same time, the issue highlights the dilemma regulators face in dealing with new online services entering traditional business areas. The case is significant for Airbnb, as the IOC has agreed to promote Airbnb accommodation during the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Airbnb welcomed the ruling. “We want to be a good partner for everyone, and we’ve worked with governments in more than 500 countries to help landlords share their homes, follow the rules and pay taxes,” the company said in a statement. ”

AHTOP, by contrast, does not agree with the European Court of Justice’s ruling. AHTOP President Serge Cachan said in a statement that AHTOP did not agree with the ruling and called for a change in the rules.

“E-commerce regulations have shown their limitations, and the relevant provisions involved in this case need to be changed as soon as possible to better prepare for the 21st century,” Carman said. “

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