A long-awaited text, and which will still have to wait: the deputies began on Wednesday evening the examination of a bill aimed at regulating furnished tourist accommodation such as Airbnb, accused of harming long-term rentals, without succeeding until the vote.
The examination of this transpartisan text at first reading began in the early evening and ended at midnight without the deputies having even adopted article 2.
The text carried by Annaïg Le Meur (Renaissance) and Iñaki Echaniz (PS) was first put on the agenda in the spring before being postponed indefinitely.
The LR group decided last week to oppose the simplified examination of the bill, which could have accelerated the debates. During the discussions, the LR and RN deputies multiplied the maneuvers – points of order, multiple speeches, requests for suspension – leading to slowing them down.
“Today we have a housing problem and you are having fun holding public ballots and preventing us from voting,” Mr. Echaniz said shortly before midnight.
The chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee, Guillaume Kasbarian, castigated those who “tried to drag out the debate again and again”, but welcomed the fact that there was “a real majority to support this text”, which “will come back in January or February.”
Throughout the evening, the debates pitted the left and the majority against the right and the RN, hostile to measures which penalize “small owners”.
RN deputy Frédéric Falcon denounced “a summary of old socialist measures” multiplying “standards” and “tax increases”. It’s the “RNbnb”, quipped LFI MP François Piquemal.
The most emblematic measure of the proposed law aims to attack the “tax niche” from which furnished tourist accommodation benefits, with reduction rates higher than those for traditional long-term rentals (30%).
Article 3, toughened by the Law Commission last week against the advice of the government, plans to lower the rate of reduction on income from furnished tourist accommodation to 30% (compared to 71% for classified furnished rentals and 50% for unclassified furnished rentals today). An exception would be made in “very sparsely populated rural areas” where an additional rate of 41% (71% in total) could be applied.
In his introductory remarks, the Minister of Housing Patrice Vergriete said he supported “a reform of rental taxation for private landlords”, with the objective of “putting an end to tax loopholes deemed unjustified”.
But he also urged people to be “cautious”, recalling that a parliamentary mission on the subject had been entrusted to Ms. Le Meur and MoDem MP Marina Ferrari.
The tax advantage had already been the subject of a standoff during the examination of the 2024 draft budget, with the executive’s promise to reduce the reduction in tight areas from 71% to 50%.
“There cannot be a tax measure outside of the finance bill,” said a majority official on condition of anonymity on Wednesday.
The text, examined at first reading, also applies energy performance diagnosis obligations to furnished tourist accommodation.
It plans to provide mayors with a “toolbox” to regulate these tourist rentals, and gives them the possibility of lowering from 120 days to 90 days per year the maximum period during which a main residence can be rented as a furnished tourist accommodation.