The city of Berlin is loved by tourists, which is why millions flock their every single year. Subsequently, Airbnb has grown exponentially there, which has caused rental rates of properties to rise 56-percent between 2009 and 2014. Why? Because everyone started renting out their own apartments, and therefore the housing shortage problem in Berlin was exasperated.
City officials, therefore, felt the need to implement a law aimed directly at Airbnb hosts, which has been labeled Zweckentfremdungsverbot, or “Prohibition of improper use”. It began development in 2014 and was finally executed on May 1st, 2016.
In a nutshell, the law restricts Airbnb hosts that abuse short-term letting on their own properties from renting out freely. Owners must now use at least half of their property for themselves and cannot rent out the entire dwelling. If any individual doesn’t adhere to the new law, they can expect fines in the region of €100,000. To help establish the law, the city set up an anonymous tip hotline service to report any wrongful usage.
We’re not sure how effective this law will be, as it largely depends on people using the anonymous service. Airbnb Germany also had their say on the matter, stating –
“Berliners want clear and simple rules for home sharing, so they can continue to share their own homes with guests. We will continue to encourage Berlin policymakers to listen to their citizens and to follow the example of other big cities such as Paris, London, Amsterdam or Hamburg and create new, clear rules for normal people who are sharing their homes.”