Regulating Airbnb in Germany – Status Quo and Future Trends
8 Journal of European Consumer and Market Law 39-41 (2019)
3 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2021
Date Written: February 1, 2019
The rise of the sharing economy has sparked a controversial debate about the need to adapt the existing regulatory framework in order to reflect the changes in the market. Arguably, the two areas which have caused the most heated controversies are ridesharing and short-term rentals. Against this background, this short report explores the latest developments regarding short-term rental regulation in Germany. After a brief look at the impact of short-term rentals on the German housing market (I) it provides some examples of recent amendments to local housing laws (II) and latest case law regarding data-sharing between platforms and local authorities (III). The report concludes with an outlook on future regulatory trends (IV).
Keywords: Airbnb, sharing economy, short-term rentals, platform regulation, regulatory intermediaries
JEL Classification: K12, K20
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