With new housing rules, Berlin embraces home sharing

Berlin, 22.3.2018: Today Berlin adopted new rules to support regular people who want to share their homes when they are travelling. This is great news for home sharers as it marks a turnaround away from extremely strict rules in Berlin that did not differentiate between regular people and professional operators. Going forward, regular people who want to benefit from visitors to their communities are entitled to a permit to share their entire homes.

The news comes after the Berlin administrative court confirmed in several rulings that home sharing does not impact the local housing market and Berliners should be granted permits to share their homes for 182 nights a year. The housing experts GEWOS had agreed earlier that Airbnb has no significant impact on the Berlin housing market.

Alexander Schwarz, General Manager for Airbnb in Germany, said:

“We welcome that Berlin embraces home sharing in creating new rules that benefit regular people who want to share their homes with travelers. We want to continue our good dialogue with the city of Berlin and promote a permit procedure that is unbureaucratic and citizen-friendly”.

The new regulations will come into force on 1 May 2018 and regulate the occasional sharing of primary homes as well as secondary homes, which in future can be rented for a total of 90 days a year with a permit.

Airbnb has worked with more than 400 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 jurisdictions around the world to collect and remit tourist taxes, including Dortmund (Germany) and communities in France and Switzerland, making it easier for hosts to pay their fair share.