The alleys of Montmartre, in Paris, are deprived of their tourists. Empty apartments for seasonal rentals hide behind closed windows. “Usually there are a lot of people. We don’t hear any foreign languages anymore”, explains a local resident. “In the small streets, there is a lot of less traffic, we meet fewer tourists”, specifies another resident.
Apartment reservations on the Airbnb site are at their lowest for two months with the start of confinement. In war against the platform for several years, the town hall of Paris intends to take advantage. She wants to buy the housing from the owners at the market price in order to rent it 20% cheaper than the usual rates.
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