Berlin bans renting entire flats via Airbnb

Berlin bans renting whole apartments through Airbnb

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One of many largest considerations with Airbnb is its impact on housing costs — when individuals flip complete flats into makeshift inns, it tends to drive up house rental charges and punish locals looking for houses. Berlin is not having any of it, although. After a two-yr transition interval, the German metropolis has enacted a brand new regulation (the oh-so-catchy “Zweckenfremdungsverbot”) that bans brief-time period leases of entire flats by way of Airbnb and comparable on-line providers. You are now restricted to renting particular person rooms until you get a particular allow.

Not everyone seems to be proud of the transfer. Critics chatting with AFP are involved that this can be a ham-fisted try at making up for poor housing insurance policies, or else an try to guard the lodge business. There’s additionally a lawsuit alleging that the principles violate Berlin’s structure. Airbnb, in the meantime, would like a compromise. It needs Berlin to “comply with the instance” of main cities like Hamburg, which explicitly permits you to lease your complete residence as long as it is your regular residence.

Regardless of the considerations, it is uncertain the town will change its thoughts shortly. Though Berlin continues to be comparatively reasonably priced so far as Europe goes, rents surged fifty six % between 2009 and 2014. Nevertheless a lot Airbnb contributed to that improve, officers possible need to get rid of something that would artificially increase housing costs.

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