Airbnb will now begin collecting taxes in Paris, the company’s biggest market.
Collection officially begins October 1st and some see the move as Airbnb’s attempt at playing nice with city regulators. Venture Beat connects the change to Uber’s troubles in Paris, where the ride service company fought new regulation policies.
There are over 50,000 Airbnb listings in Paris alone, and the company plans to expand the tax charge to other areas in France. The move could be helpful in boosting those listings because homeowners reluctant to collect tourist taxes themselves might be enticed to rent out their places if someone else is doing that lifting.