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Short-term seasonal rentals: Saint-Malo tightens the screw – Brittany


“It is a complicated file but we will complete it. You have to know how to take your responsibilities and you will take them. I fully assume them ”. Gilles Lurton, the LR mayor of the corsair city, does not want to be accused of softness on a file that irritates many of his fellow citizens.

Stop a “misguided” principle

With an increase of 24%, between 2018 and 2019, Saint-Malo is one of the French cities most affected by this phenomenon, which is at the origin of soaring prices, the desertification of certain neighborhoods, and the impossibility for young people. couples to find a year-round rental at a reasonable price and the nuisances (noise, hygiene, insecurity, etc.) suffered by year-round residents.

In fact, the town hall wants to put an end to “a misguided principle” at the origin of a “real business with the related excesses”.

The City has surrounded itself with councils, such as Audiar (the Rennes urban planning agency), to develop a new regulation that is more restrictive than the previous one. The latter plans to limit the possibility of renting per owner to one unit. In addition, the city has been divided into four zones which have been allocated a maximum number of dwellings authorized for furnished tourist rentals.

Regular checks

An example with the Intra-Muros, the sector most affected with all the Malouin coastline: 12.5% ​​of housing can be rented. Currently 362 are already declared in town hall, out of the 2,893 existing ones. There are still 66 dwellings eligible for a change of use. Undoubtedly less, because some have not yet been declared. In any case, there won’t be one more.

The City will scrupulously watch over this. To do this, she plans to create a position within the town planning department in order to “police”. Regular checks will in fact be undertaken to verify that the rental companies are registered with the town hall.

The application of the new regulation will come into force on July 1 for a period of three years. The amount of the penalties can reach 50,000 €.

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