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Jul 3, 2013

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Each year, Hamburg residents use Airbnb to make ends meet, help pay their rent or mortgage, and share their great city with visitors from around the world.

As the population is growing faster than housing space is being created, the City of Hamburg needed to take action to ensure this beautiful city and its diverse neighborhoods remain affordable and available for everyone.

The City’s interests match up well with those of the the Airbnb community. Airbnb enables our hosts to rent out their unused space within their residences.

The City of Hamburg recently enacted a new law that is good news for everyone who uses Airbnb. The new law replaces an old housing bill that was created in 1982—long before anyone thought of the Internet, the Sharing Economy, or Airbnb—so change was long overdue.

Under the new law:

  • It is now entirely legal to use Airbnb to rent out a private room or to occasionally rent out your primary residence, and you do not need to take any action or apply for a license from the government.
  • If you are renting your secondary residence or several properties, you should request a license at the local administration of your district.

The new rules will help make the housing market in Hamburg stronger and allow the Airbnb community to continue to thrive. The law has been praised by city leaders and affordable-housing advocates for helping to strengthen the housing market and protect Hamburg residents.

By enabling residents to share their spaces on Airbnb, the City of Hamburg has embraced innovation and the Sharing Economy. We believe that this legislation will be a model for many other cities across Germany and Europe.

If you are an Airbnb host and would like more information about the new rules, please, contact your district housing protection officer:
Altona, Bergedorf, Eimsbüttel, Harburg, Hamburg Mitte, Hamburg Nord, Wandsbek.

And Hamburgers—we hope you continue to have a wonderful time hosting travelers from all over the world!

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