Berlin finds Airbnb services better for residents than tourists

Published on : Monday, May 2, 2016

airbnbBerlin takes a different stand when it comes to Airbnb and other rented apartments let out for tourism. The city has banned Airbnb and its competitors from renting entire apartment to tourists as the facility can be used to provide more affordable housing for its residents.



The German city’s authorities are hoping to protect the property supply by keeping the rents as low as possible. Online rental portals have been quite successful and the number of properties available for long term rental periods have fallen. Since May 1 short term let of apartments to tourists without a  city permit has been banned  according to the new law “Zweckentfremdungsverbot.” If these rules are flouted then a fine of €100,000 (£78,371) will be charged. Even though the law was passed in 2014, it only came into effect on April 30 of this year.



The implementation states that non city visitor will be allowed to rent rooms and not entire flats or houses through internet portals.


Berlin’s head of urban development, Andreas Geise stated that these misappropriated apartments that are lent to tourists and new comers should be returned to the people of Berlin. Airbnb sale fell by 40 percent as a result of this statement.


There needs to be clear and simple rules for Berliners for sharing their homes with guests feels Airbnb spokesman Julian Trautwein. Adding to that the citizens of Berlin should take examples from big cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam or Hamburg. New rules have to be created for building a better home renting business.


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