Airbnb, an online service, or a property agent? The EU court of justice for a line, the 19th of December

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – it Is an on-line booking service. Or, for a real estate agent? AMERICAN homesharing website Airbnb, it will be on Dec. 19 know how it is to be labelled as ” Europe’s highest court over the matter, and in the middle of a response from the hotel industry, and in some of the towns and cities.

FILE PHOTO: A woman talks on the phone at the Airbnb office is located in the SOMA district of San Francisco, California, USA, August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Lurie/File Photo

The ruling could have far-reaching consequences, in particular in Paris will be the host of the Olympic games in 2024, and the IOC has approved the promotion of the Airbnb accommodation during the event.

The issue highlights the dilemma the regulators face in dealing with a new on-line services are venturing into traditional businesses, but it is not subject to the same onerous rules and regulations.

Airbnb has in recent years clashed with the hotel staff and the authorities in the towns and cities from New York to london, Berlin and Paris, he was accused of the deterioration of the housing and push the lower income residents.

The company, which matches people who rent all or a portion of the housing of temporary guests for a web site, has found itself in the dock as a result of a complaint filed by the French association of tourism AHTOP.

The Paris public prosecutor’s office then charged by Airbnb of violating the country’s Hoguet Law, which relates to the business of the insurance company. A French judge sought advice from the Luxembourg-based Court of justice of the court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

The COURT will make the decision on Feb. 19.

Airbnb has won the backing of a COURT of justice court of justice-adviser in April, which is a non-binding opinion, said that the company is to be treated as a digital service provider and you will be free to work in the room. The judges follow the advice of four of the five cases.

However, the court may decide in favour of the hoteliers. In 2017, a decision on Uber, the judges said that the taxi app will have to be regarded as a transport service to and rejected Uber’s argument that it was merely a digital app that acts as an intermediary.

Airbnb has been facing off the various challenges as a result of AHTOP in France. It has been said that the 50-year-old real-estate law, do not apply to an internet-based platform, and that it is working with the authorities to assist in the diversification of the tourism sector and the protection of the environment.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by David Evans

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