Night Limits in France: Frequently Asked Questions
Starting January 1, 2020, in the cities listed below, we’ll only allow entire primary residences listings to host reservations for a maximum of 120 nights per calendar year (from 1st January to 31st December). This limit will be automatically applied to entire home listings in following cities:
- La Baule
- La Rochelle
- Saint-Paul de Vence
This list of cities has been established in consultation between UNPLV, the French Holidays Homes Association (of which Airbnb is a member), and the French Government.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions that help explain why Airbnb is doing this, and how it will work.
What is a primary residence?
Your primary residence is the place you live in at least 8 months per year (unless, because of a professional reason, health issue, or case of force majeure, you live there for less than that). You are allowed to rent it in full for a maximum of 120 days per year. You can rent a room in your primary residence all year long.
How can I categorize my listing as a primary residence?
All hosts in France need to confirm their listing type to continue hosting. In your account on Airbnb’s website or mobile app, select if you’re hosting:
- A primary residence
- A secondary residence
- A non-residential space
You can learn more about these listing types on our Responsible Hosting page.
If you have not selected a category for your listing, it will also be subject to the automatic 120-night cap.
Why is Airbnb doing this?
Airbnb is not the only platform to do it. Every platform that is a member of UNPLV, the French Holidays Homes Association, has put automatic limits on entire primary residences in these cities in 2020. This step is part of the commitments the UNPLV made towards the French Government in June 2018.
Putting automatic limits will support the development of a sustainable short term rental market, while reducing the strain on long-term housing options.
My primary residence is located in one of the cities mentioned above and I list it on Airbnb. Which short-term rental laws apply?
You can learn more about local laws in our Responsible Hosting page.
I manage several listings in these cities. Does the night limit apply to all of them?
This limit applies to all entire primary homes listings in the cities mentioned above. It doesn’t apply to private room listings, secondary residences, or non-residential listings.
Automatic limits will also apply to your listing as long as it is not categorized. In your account on Airbnb’s website or mobile app, select if you’re hosting a primary residence, secondary residence, or a non-residential space (you can learn more about these listing types on our Responsible Hosting page).
Is there any exemption to this automatic limits?
These automatic limits apply to entire primary residences only. You must fill an exemption form if your listing is your primary residence, but one of the following circumstances applies:
- You have been out of town for more than 4 months this year for health or professional reasons, or force majeure
- You rent it long term, ex: only for 90 days in a row
- You rent it only exclusively as part of the “bail mobilité” scheme (minimum 1 month)
Once your exemption is received, we won’t apply the limit to your listings and we’ll remove the nights counter from your Manage Listings tab.
Will my listing be deactivated once I have confirmed reservations for 120 nights?
No. Once you book your 120th night, we’ll block your calendar and you won’t be able to get new reservations for the rest of the calendar year. Guests won’t be able to book your listing unless their dates are in the next calendar year, or you have an approved exemption.
What happens to my existing reservations?
Any reservations that were confirmed before January 1, 2020 won’t be affected. This means that if in 2019, you had received bookings for more than 120 days in 2020, you will be able to honor those bookings but you won’t be able to accept more bookings in 2020.
Will Airbnb share information about my listings or reservations with the City Hall?
Airbnb does not proactively share user data with cities, including with those where we enforce capping.
If you request an exemption, you’ll be asked to fill in this form: English | French. Before submitting the form, you’ll need to agree to share certain data (including your listing address) with your local authority, other government bodies, regulatory or law enforcement authorities, and/or courts.
Last Updated: January 2020