New Poll: Berliners Call For Clear Home Sharing Rules

Today we are highlighting new independent poll data that shows Berliners want clear and simple rules for regular local residents who occasionally share their homes. The poll also highlights the vast majority of Berlin residents support home sharing on Airbnb and oppose enforcement action against regular people who share their homes to pay the bills.

This is the first poll to capture the views of regular Berliners on home sharing. The representative poll was commissioned by Airbnb and conducted by TNS Emnid from March 7 to March 19, 2016. It shows:

  • Almost two thirds (60 percent) of Berlin residents say Berlin should introduce simple rules for people who occasionally share their homes, just like other major European cities, including London, Paris, Amsterdam.
  • More than 70 percent of local residents support Airbnb and like the service offered by hosts on Airbnb.
  • More than three quarters (77 percent) of residents oppose measures to fine local residents who occasionally share their homes.
  • More than two third (68 percent) oppose the proposed measures to encourage local residents to report to authorities local residents who occasionally share their homes.

This poll confirms what we hear from our community every day; Airbnb is good news for Berlin. It democratises travel and spreads benefits to more families, communities and local businesses – it doesn’t negatively impact the availability and affordability of housing. Berliners understand that home sharing is different to other forms of accommodation in the city. They want clear and simple rules for home sharing and oppose enforcement action against their neighbours who occasionally share their homes to pay the bills.

Last month, Airbnb hosts in Berlin wrote to policymakers to highlight the benefits of home sharing and call for clear and simple rules for regular people who occasionally share their homes, just like other major cities, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Lisbon and many U.S. cities.

We want to work with the government to support these hosts and to build on the commitments in our Community Compact. We believe we are good partners for the city. Together we can activate new communities, boost tax revenues, tackle bad actors, and support thousands of local residents who showcase the best of Berlin by occasionally share their homes to pay the bills.

You can see more details on today’s independent poll here.