The judicial tribunal of Paris recently judged that Airbnb can be considered legally responsible for listings published on its site after a tenant sub-let a property in Paris without the landlord’s permission or knowledge, and the amount earnt exceeded the property’s annual rent – which is illegal in France.

The judge significantly also ruled that the European subsidiary of Airbnb had “contributed to the damages suffered by the lessor” by not taking sufficient care to ensure the legality of the sublet when published on their site, calling the platform a ‘co-publisher’, and therefore held jointly liable for the damages.

Airbnb and the sub-lessor were forced to jointly compensate the landlord for rent received and legal costs as well as Airbnb paying back commission.

This potentially give cities, property owners, customers, and others a way to challenge illegal activity in the short-term rental industry and hold platforms liable for damages.

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