Economic Impact Report
Berlin

Airbnb met with officials from the Berlin State Senate last month to discuss home sharing and Berlin’s confusing housing law. In that meeting, we promised to share new data on the positive impacts of the Airbnb community in Berlin, in line with the commitment in the Community Compact to build an open and transparent community. Today, we have shared new aggregated data on our Berlin Community with the State Senate. The data covers January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016. In the spirit of transparency, we want to share this information with you also. Here’s a summary of what it shows… Airbnb hosts are regular Berliners who occasionally share their homes to help pay the bills:

  • More than 20,000 Berliners shared their homes last year on Airbnb.
  • The typical host earned an additional €1,800 by sharing their space for 34 nights.
  • 56 percent of Airbnb hosts in Berlin earn below the city’s median household income.
  • Almost three quarters of all Airbnb listings in Berlin are rented for fewer than 90 days.

Airbnb helps Berliners stay in their homes and the city they love:

  • Almost three quarters of Airbnb hosts in Berlin share their primary residence.
  • One third of hosts said they rely on this additional income to pay the bills and make ends meet.
  • On average, hosts spend almost 40 percent of their income on rent or mortgage bills.
  • Hosts spend almost half the additional income they make by sharing their space on regular household expenses.

Airbnb hosts attract new visitors to Berlin who want to live like a local:

  • 568,000 Airbnb guests visited Berlin and stayed in local homes last year.
  • Airbnb guests in Berlin are increasingly more likely to stay in the outer neighbourhoods of Berlin than they were five years ago.
  • The total number of Airbnb guests visiting the outer neighbourhoods of Berlin has increased annually by over 220 percent since 2010.
  • The overwhelming majority of guests said they chose Airbnb to experience life like a local.
  • The average stay was 4.6 nights and the average party size was 2.3 people.

Airbnb hosts promote the best of Berlin to the world:

  • More than three quarters of guests said their experience on Airbnb made them more likely to return to Berlin.
  • Almost a third of guests said they would not have visited Berlin or stayed as long without Airbnb.
  • Almost 90 percent of guests said they chose Airbnb because of the amenities local hosts offer.

Today’s data confirms that Airbnb is good news for Berlin; hosts are regular Berliners who occasionally share their homes to pay the bills and stay in their homes and the city they love. Hosts promote the best of Berlin to the world and attract new visitors who want to experience the city like a local in the homes of local residents, beyond the tourist hotspots. Over the past few weeks, policymakers in Berlin have released conflicting messages about how Berlin’s complex and confusing housing law applies to home sharing. We want to help clarify the situation and work together with policymakers on clear rules for local residents who occasionally share their homes – whether a spare room or the entire place when they are out of town – and to tackle unwelcome commercial operators. By working together, we can provide clarity for Berlin’s sharers and harness the positive impacts of home sharing, just like other major European cities. You can read more about the Airbnb community in Berlin here.