In 20 regions of France, a campaign has been launched to prevent renting housing to foreigners. Organizers say housing prices have skyrocketed because of tourists, and locals have been forced to move elsewhere.
In the cities and towns that are frequented by tourists in France, the people joined forces against the housing rental programs for foreigners.
According to the news of the British Guardian newspaper, a campaign has been launched in 20 regions of the country to prevent foreigners from renting housing through Airbnb and other rental programs. The groups leading the campaign stated that housing prices have skyrocketed due to foreigners, local people have been forced to move to other places and historical sites have been damaged.
The campaign launched in regions such as Saint-Malo, Marseilles, Chamonix and Mont Blanc also included a call for the French state to take action against foreigners and tourists. Franck Rolland, one of the campaigners, said: “There is complete destruction. The area we live in is emptying,” he said.
‘THEY OCCUPED OUR HOMES’
The organizers emphasize that due to the influx of foreigners, local shops were closed in many regions, people were unemployed, and a system was formed where only those who rented houses to tourists earned. Noting that half of the apartments are “occupied by tourists” in some regions, the campaign members also argue that foreigners do not respect the houses and historical monuments.
In the capital city of Paris, the municipality had previously implemented some measures to limit short-term rental applications. According to this, landlords can only rent their houses or rooms for 120 days a year. Other than that, they have to open a workplace registration.
It is stated that many Parisians are considering leaving the city by renting their homes temporarily due to the Summer Olympics to be held next year in the city where rents are very high.
To date, similar steps have been taken regarding short-term rentals in Barcelona, Amsterdam and Florence outside of Paris.
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