Court allows private rentals in Nice for February holidays
After initially prohibiting private bookings, a legal victory has come this week for Airbnb owners and holiday letters in Nice during their toughest year in memory.
The Administrative court this week overturned the decision of the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, to ban holiday rentals in Nice during the February holidays, between the 6th and 20th of the month. Individuals found to be leasing their property were to be subject to sanctions.
Travel within France is permitted for the February holidays and hotel bookings were not subject to the same restrictions. The National Union for the Promotion of Holiday Rentals described the decree “inconsistent, unfounded and discriminating”.
The Union of Tourist Rental Professionals made up of rental professionals, travel agencies and real estate agencies described Mr Estrosi’s original plan as a violation of fundamental freedoms.
Whilst the reversal will provide some relief to what would have been a bleak holiday period, several insiders of the industry told Nice Matin that the damage was already done - it was too late to get bookings and the image created of the severity of Nice’s Covid situation would turn away potential visitors.
The Mayor stated that his reasoning for the ban had been to “prevent a large influx of at-risk people” to the city who may have endangered his own citizens. Keen to get levels of infection in the city down, Mr Estrosi also appealed this week to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport to analyse wastewater, at least from long haul flights, in order to check for new variants of the virus.
The balance between health safety and economic safety has been a difficult one to strike since the pandemic began. February will be another hard month for the local rental industry, but we hope things will get better each month from here.