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Hosts across the capital are looking to earn extra money by sharing space in their homes. However, a lack of clear rules and regulations for home sharing has hindered economic benefits in the area. Airbnb is working to encourage policymakers to provide clarity on home sharing and highlight the benefits home sharing brings to the city. In 2016, the Airbnb community in Berlin generated €438 million in economic activity, while the typical host earned €1,500 by sharing their space. Home sharing does not take away housing from the Berlin market. Airbnb listings account for less than 1 percent of the existing housing in Berlin. We want everyone to get to know the regular Berliners who share their homes, to hear their stories and to understand how home sharing benefits Berlin.
Home sharers from Berlin-Neukölln organised the first Merchant Walk in Berlin to support businesses in their district. Home sharers support their local economy by recommending small businesses and local coffee shops. Get a glimpse of the first Merchant Walk in Berlin:
Meet Annika: A Berliner who shares her home to help others in need
Since 2015, Annika and her mom have been hosting guests from all over the world and using the money they make to support refugees starting their new lives in Berlin. Using their Airbnb income, they have been able to set up the Bantabaa Association.
Meet our Berlin hosts
We believe the best way to understand the positive impact of home sharing in Berlin and around the world is through our hosts’ own personal stories. Get to know some of our Berlin hosts and learn why they love opening their homes:
New Study: Airbnb has ‘No Significant Impact’ on Berlin Housing Market
A study, which was commissioned by Airbnb and conducted by GEWOS, found that Airbnb has no significant impact on Berlin Housing Market: Airbnb listings account for only 0.6 percent of the housing stock.
Airbnb hosts organise their first Merchant Walk in Berlin-Neukölln in support of local businesses
Merchant Walks are a tradition within the Airbnb community worldwide. Hosts are often deeply rooted within their district and count many coffee shop and store owners among their friends. Hosts recommend their favorite gems to their guests. By doing so, they support local businesses that are owned and run by Berliners.
Airbnb has a positive impact on the local economy
Last year 600,000 people from around the world traveled to Berlin with Airbnb and stayed with locals. Many Airbnb guests choose districts that are off the beaten track and away from the typical hotel-districts to get an authentic travel experience. Hosts share tips with their guests about their favorite gems in the area, for example where to get the best coffee or where to buy gifts from Berlin-based designers. Home sharers help travelers support local businesses and the economy.
Every year, travelers from every corner of the globe come to Berlin to experience the uniqueness of Germany’s capital. History paired with art and culture makes Berlin so unique. The current regulations concerning home sharing make it challenging for hosts to continue renting out the homes they live in. The current law is too broad, confusing and is badly flawed. Together with the home sharing community in Berlin and across Germany, we can secure clear, fair and proportionate rules for home sharing in Berlin.
We have always believed the best way to understand the positive impacts of home sharing in Berlin and around the world is by hosts sharing their stories. We want everyone to get to know Berliners who share their homes, to hear their stories and to understand how home sharing benefits Berlin.