The Daily Telegraph - Travel

Berlin says it will fine Airbnb ‘lawbreaker­s’

- Soo Kim

Authoritie­s in Berlin are cracking down on Airbnb and its rivals, with the threat of hefty fines for users who rent out entire properties rather than single rooms.

The new law, which was passed in 2014 but came into force only at the beginning of this month, is part of an attempt to safeguard affordable housing for the city’s residents.

Offenders are subject to fines of up to €100,000 (£79,000), and

locals have been advised to report any suspected lawbreaker­s.

Critics say that it is an attempt by the local government to take control of its failing housing policy.

Burkhard Kieker of VisitBerli­n said: “Berlin will continue to be a tourist magnet only if it remains authentic. The city centre must, therefore, ensure to uphold its local structure and support its residents.”

The move follows other attempts by the authoritie­s to regulate tourism, including a cap on the number of licences available for tourist accommodat­ion.

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