Airbnb wins fight to remain exempt from European property rules

Homesharing site Airbnb has won its battle to remain exempt from onerous European property regulations, as the EU’s top court ruled it was an online platform and not a property agent. 

The case came before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) following a complaint by French tourism association AHTOP. 

The issue underlines the quandary regulators face in dealing with new online services venturing into traditional businesses, but not subjected to the same rules. 

For Airbnb, the French case is significant as the International Olympic Committee has agreed to promote the company for accommodation during the 2024 Olympics in Paris. 

Source: https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2019/1219/1102111-airbnb-european-ruling/

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