The tenant of a two-bedroom apartment in Paris has been ordered to pay more than 221,000 euros ($A324,532) after subletting it without permission via the Airbnb platform.
Between 2016 and 2020, the man had sublet the flat 329 times and collected around 198,000 euros, the sum he must now transfer to the owners of the flat according to the verdict, the newspaper Le Figaro reported on Monday.
In addition, is 11,370 euros in rent arrears because the man had not paid his own rent in full despite the extra income.
Repairs to the property costing 11,500 euros were also due, which he is obliged to pay for, according to the court.
The owners noticed in June 2020 their flat was being misused as Airbnb accommodation.
The data they requested from the platform showed the flat had been rented out on 1114 days for an average price of 178 euros ($A261) per day.
They charged a monthly rent of 1380 euros ($A2024).
For the judgment, the judges relied on a clause in the tenancy agreement according to which subletting requires the written consent of the owners.
The tenant and Airbnb also violated the French regulation for cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants, according to which rented flats may be sublet for tourism for a maximum of 120 days a year.
The platform should have blocked the tenant’s account, the court said, although this did not play a role in the ruling.