‘Change Berlin Housing Law Quickly’ – Free Democrats

The Berlin housing law targets innocent citizens and must be changed quickly, according to the Free Democrats (FDP) of Berlin Mitte. They say home sharing is an opportunity for Berliners and Berlin should introduce new rules that protect individual freedoms and their right to share their homes with guests.

Maren Jasper-Winter, FDP District Chairwoman, says Berlin’s current housing law fails to distinguish between professional accommodation providers and regular people who occasionally share their homes. She says home sharing has no impact on the availability of housing in Berlin and calls on the Senate to introduce clear and simple rules for regular people who share their homes, like other major European cities.

“This way of travelling is not only attractive to guests, it is good for a modern and cosmopolitan city like Berlin,” the FDP said today. “It is sustainable and supports local infrastructures. Home sharing is also an innovative way to make best use of scarce housing supplies in Berlin.”

These views support what we hear from our community every day; home sharing is good news for Berlin, helps regular people stay in their homes and the city they love, and spreads benefits to more families, communities and local businesses. The typical host in Germany earns an additional €1,800 a year by sharing their space and the total economic impact of the Airbnb community in Berlin last year was estimated to be more than €467 million.

Last month, we highlighted new poll data that shows Berlin supports home sharing and wants policymakers to follow the example of cities like Paris, London and Amsterdam, which have introduced clear and simple rules for regular people who share their homes. Airbnb hosts also wrote to policymakers to explain the benefits of home sharing and ask for clear and simple home sharing rules.

Berliners know that home sharing is different to other forms of accommodation and needs its own clear rules that distinguish between professional accommodation providers and regular people who share their homes to pay the bills. We want to work with policymakers to support regular Berliners, make good on the commitments in the Community Compact and clampdown on unwelcome commercial operators.

You can read more about today’s announcement here.