Airbnb: what needs to change about the tax on furnished tourist accommodation

The long-awaited text is back in the Hemicycle. This Monday, January 29, the deputies have begun the study of the inter-party bill that mainly attacks the tax loophole. owners of furnished tourist accommodation. The text brought by the deputies Annaïg Le Meur and Iñaki Echaniz was presented for the first time last December in the National Assembly, but they did not vote due to lack of time. Members of Parliament will therefore once again examine this bill, which “aims to resolve the imbalances in the rental market in areas of tension”.

The main measure of this bill, which also divides the majority, envisages reducing to 30% the tax reduction rate that benefits from the rental income of furnished tourist accommodation. As a reminder, this rate is currently set at 71% for tourist furnished rentals, 50% for classic furnished accommodations and 30% for unfurnished rentals. The text, however, establishes an exception for owners who rent a house in a “very sparse rural area”, who will be able to continue to benefit from the 71% reduction. The aim of this measure is to encourage owners to place their properties on the long-term rental market, and not on Airbnb-type platforms. “Workers can no longer find rent for the whole year in tourist towns, we have to encourage permanent housing”, recently explained Annaïg le Meur, the co-rapporteur of the text. Le Grand rendez-vous de l’immobilier show.

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Mandatory DPE for furnished tourist accommodation

The text also envisages forcing the owners of furnished tourist accommodation to carry out an energy performance diagnosis (DPE) in order to be able to put their property on short-term rental. In fact, until now, the owners rented their property seasonal rental they were the only ones who were exempted from carrying out this diagnosis. Finally, the bill includes an article that allows municipalities to reduce from 120 days to 90 days the maximum period during which a main house can be rented for short periods.

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In the first examination of the text last December, Les Républicains and Rassemblent national deputies opposed the planning of the “Airbnb tax niche” so as not to “punish small owners”. The former Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, for her part, supported the bill, as did the President of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, who recalled that “we must quickly legislate” to improve the situation of accommodation.

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