New Poll: Berliners Say Housing Law is Flawed

  • More than three quarters of Berliners say the Berlin housing law will not increase housing availability
  • Almost three quarters say shortage is driven by population growth and a lack of new homes being build
  • Airbnb wants to work together with policymakers on clear and fair home sharing rules

The representative poll, commissioned by Airbnb and conducted by TNS Emnid, includes responses from more than 1,000 Berliners. It shows:

  • More than 90 percent (92 percent) of Berliners agree there is a housing shortage in Berlin
  • The vast majority say the shortage is driven by a lack of new homes being built (73 percent) and population growth (65 percent)
  • Almost one third (31 percent) say building new hotels instead of apartments is driving housing concerns in Berlin
  • Almost three quarters (73 percent) say government actions fail to tackle housing concerns in Berlin
  • More than three quarters (78 percent) say the Berlin housing law will not increase housing availability in Berlin.

Alex Schwarz, General Manager for Airbnb in DACH, said:

We care deeply about housing concerns in Berlin and regularly hear from hosts who share their homes to generate a little extra income. Their homes have never been removed from the housing stock and therefore cannot be returned. Experts and locals agree home sharing does not impact on housing availability and the city needs clear rules in favor of home sharing. We want to work with policymakers to support regular Berliners who share their homes, distinguish them from unwelcome commercial operators and promote new economic opportunities in Berlin.

Today’s poll data follows a study last week, commissioned by Airbnb and conducted by research institute GEWOS, that shows Airbnb has no significant impact on housing availability in Berlin. It too said housing concerns are driven by population growth and a lack of new homes being built.

You can read more about the GEWOS housing study here.