Authorities in Paris are taking drastic measures to control holiday lets because of concerns about the impact on the residential property market.
Under French law, you can rent out your primary residence to holiday-makers for short periods.
However, City Hall in Paris believes that as many as two-thirds of properties being rented on very short lets are not primary residences.
The Airbnb internet phenomenon is a boon for tourists, who find accommodation in popular destinations at a fraction of the cost of a hotel.
But in some cities the explosion of holiday lets is beginning to cause serious concern.
A report by the London School of Economics has put the annual value of the UK’s holiday rental industry at £4.35bn a year.
It also says that the industry has created over 95,000 jobs nationwide.
The report, produced in conjunction with a firm called HomeAway.Inc, says the self-catering holiday rental industry contributes £100m in tax and generates gross income for property owners of £950m.
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