At first glance, offering internet access to its tenants may seem quite simple. You take out a subscription offer with an Internet Service Provider (ISP), install your box and that’s it.
All you have to do is communicate your Wi-Fi key to the tenants so that they can easily connect to the Internet. This configuration, while functional, can cost you dearly.
As a subscriber to the subscription contract with an ISP, you are responsible for the acts carried out through your internet access.
If your tenants use your internet connection to read their e-mails, consult their social networks or watch videos on Youtube, you will have no worries. On the other hand, if the tenants download illegally protected works (films, music, software, etc.), this represents a real risk for you. Learn more about izdavanje stanova novi sad.
The risks vis-à-vis the Hadopi law
The Hadopi law defines that “as the holder of your Internet access, you have an obligation to monitor your access”.
Thus, you must ensure that “your access is not used for the purposes of reproduction, representation, making available or communication to the public of protected works”.
In the eyes of the law, if one of your tenants uses your connection for illegal actions, you are responsible.
The Hadopi law practices the graduated response, that is to say that it sends up to three warning letters before seizing the judicial authority to apply a fine.
Fines of up to €1,500 for individuals and €7,500 for legal persons.
If the graduated response is insufficient, the procedure can go further and lead to even higher sanctions.
What other obligations to offer Internet to your tenants?
When you make the Internet available to your tenants, you become an “Internet Service Provider” and must comply with certain regulations to remain legal.
Indeed, public WiFi legislation requires you to:
- authenticate network users
- save technical connection data
- keep this data for a period of one year
These obligations are related to the confidentiality of personal data and the protection of the Internet access holder / users.
Technical Data may be requested by authorities in connection with the investigation of misdemeanors or crimes.
Failure to comply with these obligations is punishable: “the act of destroying, removing an object likely to facilitate the discovery of a crime or misdemeanor, the search for evidence or the conviction of the culprits is punished by three years imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros”.
More information on the CNIL website: https://www.cnil.fr/fr/internet-et-wi-fi-en-libre-acces-bilan-des-controles-de-la-cnil-0
What solution to offer Internet in my seasonal rental?
To install secure internet access that complies with regulations, it is necessary to adapt its network infrastructure, the internet box being clearly insufficient.
Installing a WiFi hotspot makes it possible to meet all the technical requirements of WiFi legislation. This equipment will also guarantee superior security for Internet access by blocking download software and filtering out offensive content (paedophilia, terrorism, etc.).
You can also create an internet usage charter in your rental to make your tenants aware of responsible use of your connection.
It is advisable to contact a WiFi operator to purchase a hotspot. These companies offer monthly subscriptions that include suitable hardware and an integrated software solution. This allows support for technical prerequisites and easy management of the hotspot. The biggest advantage is that the WiFi operator relieves you of all legal responsibility. Once your subscription has been taken out and the equipment installed, you no longer have any risk of being bothered!