Today, the Berlin Senate presented the main features of a new draft amendment to the misappropriation law, which recognises home sharing. In the future, Berlin’s home sharers should be allowed to rent out their entire apartment short-term to guests for 60 days a year without needing a permit. In order to do so, home sharers will have to notify the district authority, in advance, that they want to host. Hosts must then include their unique registration number on their Airbnb profile.
This development marks a turning point after the law that was introduced in 2014 did not distinguish between regular Berliners and professional operators.
Alexander Schwarz, General Manager Germany said:
“This is welcome news and a positive step forward for Berlin home sharers. Visitors to Berlin want authentic experiences in local homes that boost the communities where they stay. We are pleased to be working with the responsible Senate administration and will continue to work together with the City and policy makers on common sense rules that fit how people live, work and travel in the 21st century.”
The news comes after the Berlin administrative court confirmed in several rulings that Berliners sharing their homes do not impact the housing market. Therefore, they should be granted permits to share their homes for 182 nights a year. Polling data from Kantar EMNID also revealed the majority of Berliners support the right of Berliners to share their homes, and that it boosts the positive image of Berlin as an open-minded city.
A first-of-its-kind study by housing experts GEWOS also highlighted that Airbnb has no significant impact on the Berlin housing market.
Airbnb has worked with more than 300 governments around the world on fair home sharing rules that make it easier for hosts to follow the rules and share their homes responsibly. Airbnb has also worked with more than 340 cities, including Dortmund, to collect and remit tourist taxes, making it easier for hosts to pay their fair share.