Berlin stops Airbnb renting apartments to tourists to protect affordable housing

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Berlin has banned tourists from renting entire apartments through Airbnb and its competitors in an attempt to protect affordable housing.With the help of large fines, the German city’s authorities are hoping to protect the property supply and keep rents as low as possible.After the success of the various online rental portals, the number of properties available for long-term rental periods had fallen markedlyBut from 1 May, the new law entitled “Zweckentfremdungsverbot” bans the short-term let of entire apartments to tourists without a city permit.  Read more.

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