Bastia wants to regulate the rental of furnished tourist accommodation

A report was submitted to the city council on Thursday by the majority in response to a motion put forward by the opposition to combat the problem. , should be validated within a few months.

“MeThere were a lot of people in Bastia for this tourist season, and they didn’t go to the hotel.” Mayor Pierre Savelli Bastiaraises the issue in these terms when responding to a motion from the opposition group Unione per Bastia.

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In Viewfinder, the rental of furnished tourist accommodation and the impact on housing: “Since the 2010s, accommodation provided by individuals through major international platforms now represents an integral part of the island’s tourism economy. asks Jean-Sébastien de Casalta, member of Unione per Bastia. Thanks to partnerships with four major platforms (Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group and TripAdvisor), according to Eurostat, which publishes estimates for these nights, 186,000 in these accommodation properties in Corsica in 2019. more than 3.088 million nights spent.

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The opposition group Unione per Bastia, led by Jean-Sébastien de Casalta, has sparked debate over furnished tourist accommodation. -Christian Buffa

The former president of the Bastiat Bar Association continues his observations based on some figures. “The island population accounts for 0.5% of the national population and accounts for 3% of the nights recorded by these platforms. Almost equal to the number 3.203 000. During the period July-August 2019, the number of nights spent in these properties is even higher than the number of nights recorded in hotels on the island: + 470,000. With 759 accommodations offered for rent through the platform, Bastia is Corsica’s sixth largest city, according to an ATC study published in May.

Faced with this situation where the commercial lodging sector is competing and available lodging is disappearing, elected officials are reluctant to propose “sanctioning” devices. “People for whom the rental of tourist accommodation is an essential source of income”. Conversely, rentals for speculative use are in the crosshairs.

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As in a deliberation voted by the community of the agglomeration of Bastia (Cab) on 25 July, the city endorsed the rule of law for the rental of furnished tourist accommodation through the establishment of a rule change for the use of residential facilities. I want to Introduction of registration numbers for furnished tourist accommodation.

“Additional threats to cities and their inhabitants”

The implementation of this change-of-occupation procedure has the effect of, but is not limited to, permitting the conversion of any accommodation to another use, particularly furnished accommodation. This procedure does not apply to primary residences rented for up to 120 days per calendar year. On the other hand, it is prohibited to rent a secondary dwelling, regardless of the rental period, and to rent a primary dwelling that is rented for more than 120 days a year, unless a change of use permit has been obtained. A registration number allows you to track and manage your furnished tourist accommodation.

So many points on which the opposition and the majority agree. Pierre Savelli, on the other hand, is reluctant to offer compensation for changes in use. “Whoever converts an accommodation into a furnished accommodation must convert a commercial establishment into an accommodation. Jean-Sébastien de Casalta suggests. This makes it possible to maintain the possibility of installing furnished accommodation in old accommodation without reducing the supply of accommodation. “

For Mayor Bastia, this measure “Shoot your own leg” : “You’re taking the risk of having ground floor accommodation instead of a commercial property, which is not what we want.”

Emmanuel de Gentili, First Vice President for Municipal Policy, also shares the views of the opposition, but above all wants to legally secure the future regulatory process: “The surge in furnished tourist accommodation has reduced the normal rental supply and increased rental prices. Today we are far from owners renting out for additional income. As seen in the organization, there are companies representing dozens of rental units.

The elected representative, taking Saint-Malo or La Seine-sur-Mer as an example, “Acting to find a balance so as not to ruin the soul of the city center”. The assistant then lists the local government measures that have already been implemented. Taxing second homes, planning vacancies, reassigning buildings to commercial properties, replacing Airbnb, and more.

The majority and opposition ultimately choose to unanimously agree to vote on the report. After that word, it remains to define concrete measures in the coming months on the occasion of the next city council meeting.

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