Keyword: Gaël Chareyron

The hidden social impact of US home-sharing site Airbnb on France

Paris, une chambre, dix couchages. © DR Paris, une chambre, dix couchages. © DR

In recent years the American-owned home and room-sharing site Airbnb has become immensely popular, providing an easy way for homeowners to rent rooms out to tourists. However, a study by three French academics shows the potential negative sides of the phenomenon in France; its abuse by slum landlords, an increase in rent prices and the risk of tax-dodging. Michaël Hajdenberg reports.