Berlin relaxes house rentals by Airbnb after court ruling

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Berlin relaxes house rentals by Airbnb after court rulingThe new rule will come into effect on May 1 after the Berlin administrative court confirmed in several rulings that home sharing does not impact the local housing market

Authorities in the German capital Berlin decided Thursday to soften one of Europe's strictest regimes for short-term rental firms such as Airbnb, allowing private individuals to rent out their main home without time limitations, AFP notes in the following report:

The new rule will come into effect on May 1 after the Berlin administrative court confirmed in several rulings that home sharing does not impact the local housing market.

A May 2016 ruling had blocked the practice, allowing homeowners to only renting out one room via specialised web portals such as Airbnb or Wimdu, with a 100,000 euro (£120,000) fine available for those breaching the rule.

Under the new provisions, owners will only be allowed to rent out second/holiday homes for 90 days a year while city authorities estimate between 20,000 and 30,000 properties or rooms are rented out on a temporary basis.

Rents have traditionally been low in Berlin compared with other major German cities; however, they have risen substantially in recent years, prompting city authorities to crackdown on online rentals, fearing a potential shortage of accommodation for residents in favour of tourists while also pushing rentals higher.

After the initial restrictions came in, nevertheless, city governors noted that many owners were managing to get around the limits and also found themselves having to deal with a raft of appeals. 

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