The city of Honfleur (Calvados) wants to regulate seasonal rentals on its territory and submits any rental request to authorization.

Since January 1, 2022, the city of Honfleur has submitted any rental request by an owner for authorization. The consequence of a deregulated local real estate market by the multiplication of these short-term rentals which are popping up on rental platforms on the internet.

The town hall of Honfleur (Calvados) has decided to tighten up rental conditions for apartment or house owners, who use rental platforms on the internet. The seaside resort, famous for its old basin and its houses with facades covered with slate, has been subjecting owners who want to offer seasonal rentals to authorization since January 1. They must register in advance and apply at the town hall.

We have specific criteria, we ask for the deed of ownership, the area of ​​the property, the year of purchase and only then, the town hall grants a number which allows the owner to rent out his property.

Paul Moutier

Agent at the town hall of Honfleur

In 2019, the city of Honfleur reached the record of 1,900 furnished tourist accommodation offers. As a result, real estate speculation is in full swing, prices are climbing and people from Honfleur pay the price when they want to buy.

The registration number granted by the town hall is a necessary condition to be referenced on rental platforms. If the owner does not have it, he will not have SEO on the platforms.

Christophe Buisson

Elected to the Community of Communes, finance and tourism

The proliferation of these announcements of short-term seasonal rentals on platforms such as Airbnb, Booking or Abritel brings to the municipal territory many tourists, who consume, but it causes an increase in the prices of goods which disadvantages local buyers, in the power of purchase often less important.

Since June 1, 2021, the city of Deauville has taken new measures concerning the rental of furnished tourist accommodation. Here too, the objective is to regulate rentals and owners, as in Honfleur, must register at the town hall.

In October 2018, the city of Etretat (76) had a wish passed in the municipal council to alert the State to the multiplication of rental offers on online platforms. At the time, the city was worried about the significant increase in rental offers which, according to it, was causing the departure of its inhabitants and the difficulty for young people to buy apartments in the face of financially better off owners.

In November 2021, a Breton collective from Saint-Malo came to Granville to discuss the situation in the Breton town where strict regulations have been put in place. With an increase of 24% between 2018 and 2019, the privateer city was one of the French cities most affected by tourist rentals, said to be of short duration, which often pass through platforms. Saint-Malo is now classified as a “tight zone”, or even a “very tight” zone, a device made possible by the Alur law, which provides municipalities with a number of levers such as the imposition of quotas for short-term rentals.

This “tense zone” device, the city of Granville requested in 2021 from the prefecture of Manche. The file received a negative opinion, but the city will retry its luck quickly because with the development of teleworking, the phenomenon of short-term rentals has amplified since the start of the pandemic.

I want a balance, short-term rentals generate significant economic activity, people who come for short stays consume and I don’t want to put the city under cover. The problem is that real estate in Granville is a micromarket and with all this the prices have skyrocketed. We arrive at 8,000 euros per m2, it is no longer possible

Gilles Menard

Mayor of Granville

In 2020, there were 54,000 overnight stays in Granville on the Airbnb platform against 47,000 in 2019, an increase of 20%.

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The city of Honfleur (Calvados) wants to regulate seasonal rentals on its territory and submits any rental request to authorization.