Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is one of the biggest districts in Berlin. Its cultural attractions and scenic neighborhoods are a backdrop for a diverse group of people who live here. Spanning from Möckernbrücke to Ostkreuz it is home to many Airbnb hosts who open their doors for guests and visitors from all over the world.
Earlier this month, a group of 27 Airbnb hosts met at Hops&Barley for a kick-off meeting to launch a new Home Sharing Club that can support home sharers in addressing their concerns. For the first time, hosts had the opportunity to meet each other and discuss their hosting experiences. Superhosts gave tips on how to gain the extra star. Others exchanged their best practices with neighbors and discussed how they interact with guests.
The group reflected the diversity of the district: from a travel expert blogger couple to an American PhD student renting out his apartment when he is visits home. Some people host as a couple, some host with the help of their kids, others travel frequently due to their freelancer lifestyles. A young teacher, a pensioner, and an architect explained how hosting suits their busy lifestyles.
Everyone has unique reasons to use the Airbnb platform. From financing a renovation to earning some extra money to boost a small pension, or to offset rent expenses when one is away working on a film in South Germany.
After the hosts enjoyed home brewed beers and pizza, they discussed the various difficulties they have experienced since the Berlin Housing law came into effect. Clearly, the uncertainty around that law was a concern of everyone. Hosts share the homes they live in with their guests – either a spare room or the entire flat – when they travel. They earn a little extra income, which helps them pay their rent and make ends meet. But the current laws and regulations do not distinguish between home sharing and professional or commercial rentals.
If you would also like to get involved, get in touch with Emilia from our Berlin Airbnb team (firstname.lastname@example.org).