in the fight against Airbnb Berlin relies on citizens: you should report illegal apartments, and so save the rental market. Thousands apartments could be overnight free.
” the misappropriation ban in the district! “, so currently is a call that will be distributed to residents in Berlin by postcard. On the back there is ample space for detailed “Notes from the population”: The address of the object, the location, the owners, the property manager and the reasons should be stated. Only option has the “complainant” also specify its own data.
Distributes the postcards of the SPD faction of the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. To the citizens should also send her profile postcard then. The SPD wants to be forwarded even to the district offices. The postage for the bourgeois deputies deleted, “Entgeld pays receiver”.
100,000 euros fine threaten
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background unusual action that is from 1 May throughout Berlin final cross misappropriation ban. From that day on hosts may not offer complete apartments more holiday without special permission in principle. This affects in particular thousands of offers on sites like Airbnb, Wimdu or 9 Flats. By law, the government in Berlin wants commercial providers of apartments beyond the business. She hopes that this will strengthen the housing supply at local rents. Whoever contravenes the prohibition must reckon with a fine of up to 100,000 euros.
The housing is large, the emergency when applying the law as well. After almost 70 administrative staff will deal with repurposed apartments in Berlin end of May. But without the help of the citizens, it is not apparent. The number of illegal apartments is more than 10,000. Therefore not only guerilla postcards as those in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg are printed. The city has also switched online ad form. Here people can also completely anonymous View Apartments, which are their impression inadmissible empty or rented out as a holiday home. The Berlin Hire Club calls for the control and provides a sample form for download. Meanwhile, at the district offices about 2,800 notes from citizens have been received on possible infringements. More than 1,000 homes are already standing again in the housing market.
Thousands apartments could arise overnight
As of May 1, there will be more abruptly by law. Then granted two-year transitional period comes to an end. Alone on the mediation portal Airbnb are today virtually illegal still thousands Complete apartments offered. This has Airbnb recently made itself recognizable. In an e-mail said the so-called Head of Public Policy at Airbnb, Tim Klaws, the Berlin State Secretary for Building and Housing, Engelbert Daldrup, with that total 20,200 deals between 1.1.2015 and 01.01.2016 were switched for Berlin. With 65 percent there had been to complete apartments. Only 34 percent were thus individual rooms, only one percent of it was shared living spaces, by which, for example, daybeds would count.
“In order Airbnb admits that about 60 percent of the deals on its platform from 1 May are illegal,” says Daldrup ZEIT ONLINE. With the end of the transitional period now will show whether Airbnb to keep to German laws. “Airnbnb and other platform operators are obliged to give explicit information about the provider of housing to the district offices,” says Daldrup.