An article by Chloe L, added on 14 November 2023 3 min. reading

The rise of tourist rental Roissy, amplified by the prospect of the 2024 Olympic Games, threatens the housing supply and the stability of the community. The municipality is taking measures to regulate this activity and protect its citizens.

The explosion of tourist rentals in Roissy

The number of properties put up for tourist rental increased by 110% in one year, with about fifty goods available. Growing concerns pushed the municipality to act. The Mayor, Michèle Calix, noted that many visitors, easily identifiable with their luggage, occupy rooms, condominium apartments, or even individual houses.

Occasional rental of real estate by individuals is not prohibited by law. However, the legislation offers tools to more strictly regulate this activity, in particular to counter unfair competition towards hospitality professionals. The problem arises when housing intended for primary residence is diverted for tourist rental purposes, whether officially or clandestinely.

The main harm of this trend is the decrease in housing supply, which penalizes residents, particularly young people, the elderly, and employees of the city's economic center who seek to settle in Roissy permanently. The reduction in housing stock has already led to a slight decline in population, despite growing demand for housing.

A 2-step action plan

  • A declaration obligation for all rentals

In partnership with Internet rental platforms, the State has put in place several regulatory measures to regulate the tourist rental market. From the 1er December 2023, Roissy will set up a reporting obligation for rentals of furnished tourist accommodation, in accordance with a deliberation of the municipal council.

  • Strictly regulate the change in use of housing

In January 2022, the city had already established a procedure for rentals of more than 120 days per year, requiring owners to request a prior authorization for change of use. However, this measure was not enough to completely deter rental companies. The municipality has decided to strengthen this obligation, drawing inspiration from provisions applied in other cities experiencing a housing shortage. If this is not enough, the city is even considering imposing compensation in the event of a change of use of accommodation transformed into furnished tourist accommodation, requiring accommodation equivalent in surface area intended for replacement housing.

source: Life in Roissy