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Common Ground broadcast Oct. 26, 2020: Airbnb and vacation rental portals — A blessing or a curse for Berlin?
Airbnb and Berlin have a complicated relationship, one that’s largely playing out in court and in the media. Critics of Airbnb accuse it and similar portals of driving up rents and exacerbating the city’s housing shortage, while critics of Berlin’s approach to Airbnb complain of too much red tape and unconstitutional demands for data. But who is right?
Host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is joined by Wenke Christoph, state secretary in the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing, Christian Eckart, an attorney and partner at Redeker Sellner Dahs and Daniel Hofmann, housing market researcher at the Hamburg-based institute for urban, regional and housing research GEWOS.
This show was produced by Dina Elsayed.