Crackdown on private landlords in Paris

Bonapart Consulting reports on its blog that newly enforced apartment rental laws in Paris mean many private apartment rentals in the city could now be deemed illegal, with owners facing prosecution:

Recent moves made by the City of Paris to apply laws restricting the rental of apartments in central Paris may have significant effects for thousands of private owners, in Paris and abroad.  According to the Prefecture de Paris, nearly 38,000 apartments in Paris are being rented for short stays, and moves to prosecute some owners of these properties have begun.

To read the rest of this story and find out how it affects short-term renters, click here.

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  • Susan Abel  On September 27, 2010 at 11:41 am

    My husband and I have been scammed; we stupidly sent money to this person posting this message on Craigslist. We did our “homework” by contacting the two listed references–actually speaking to “Mr. Steven Garry” by phone. Recently, I found on Craigslist under “Paris vacation apartment rentals” a different address (17 Rue du Louvre instead of the initial posting, 54 Rue du Louvre), including the identical font-type, style and pictures–of course, he does not have any record of our wiring the money to hold the apartment or the rental agreement. The following is the original Craigslist scam to watch out for:Affordable Price (Paris)

    Thanks for choosing my Apartment… Luckily, the apartment is still available for your dates, 12/25/10 to 12/28/10, 3-nights is EURO 450 (@ 150 euros a night)…. To secure the Apartment down for your dates 50% of the rental fee will be required = ( EURO 225) + EURO 350 a fixed refundable damage security deposit, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your desire dates is = EURO 575 which includes cleaning fee and taxes…

    The apartment is located on 54 Rue du Louvre, 75002 Paris, France.

    Not shared, Private Full Apartment. More pictures attached.

    There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment is situated on the 4th floor of the Building lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants and just a block away to Metro station. Also all rooms are well furnished.

    Apartment is approximately 1350 sq ft. and has 3 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms. A large reception room with a double living room arrangement, Three front aspect sash windows with double glazing, side aspect sash window with double glazing, integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing, five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights.

    Bedding arrangements are :
    Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen
    Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen, 1 Baby Crib
    Bedroom 3 – 2 Twin/ Single.

    Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra).. Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V, digital home cinema, 46″ HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 6people with comfort.. Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef and many more Appliance you want in a Modern full Kitchen….

    My method of payment is via Western Union, Money Gram or Liberty Reserve…

    The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security deposit of EURO 350 will be refunded to you when you are leaving the Apartment on your Departure date… Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and how to make your payment.. RESERVE ASAP, before someone else does…

    NOTE: I`d Love to provide you 2 References. My past Tenants, so you wouldn’t need to waste your time making a Decision..

    Mr Steven Garry U.K stayed with his Family for 5nights.

    Mrs Cristian Damian from U.S, stayed 9nights…
    Many More..

    Waiting to read back from you soonest, if you are still interested in this apartment or not…

    Best Regards
    Gil Amselli
    Hello Greg,

    Thanks for your mail received this morning.

    You can reach me on this phone number +44 7760823588 for any further questions.

    I wait to hear from you.

    Hello Greg,

    Below is the email from Mrs. Cristian Damian listed as a reference: Hi Susan,

    This place was great!! Great location. Having the metro station so close just perfect. The apartment was very clean and quiet. He was specially concerned that our stay was comfortable and he wants to make sure that everything is right. I had a great time, The location is superb, restaurants in the area are fantastic and great.

    Security around the neighborhood was nice and perfect you can go out and come in anytime and also easy access to the Metro.

    I paid my deposits upfront via Western Union and later i received the scanned copy of my receipt via fax. I was glad everything went fine, and the airport pick up service was great including my security deposit was refunded to me in cash when i was leaving the apartment..

    I will recommend Mr Gil Amselli to you, because he is very reliable and a honest person.

    It was really a wonderful experience for me.

    You can go ahead with the booking because you would love it.

    Take Care and i wish you a Good time Staying in Paris.

    Best Regards
    Mrs Cristian Damian

  • Stephanie Shea  On November 1, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Yes, this guy got me, too. I found the real apartment he was advertising on VRBO. He was pretty elaborate — even gave me a “company code” for the western union transfer that passed muster with the bank. I don’t know how that worked, but he seems to be one of the more sophisticated scammers out there.

  • dan demarti  On November 7, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I found this post in a brief search about this same rental apt. in paris! I had a feeling…

  • Harley  On November 13, 2010 at 6:21 am

    This guy almost got me too!!! Thank you very much before I send him the payment.

  • Bridget  On November 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Almost got me too!I just googled these names and thank god i found this, i was JUST about to send the money.

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