Private room rental on platforms, can be a great thing – for tenants and landlords. Because renting private rooms is often cheaper for tourists and city travelers than the hotel and in addition they often get at the same time via the private landlord already a first private contact in the city. And if you sublet your own room or apartment, you can quickly and easily earn a few euros without much effort.
But there are also downsides that have called more and more critics into the scene in recent months:
The private rental of apartments further aggravates the tense situation on the housing market. Private accommodation has become a trend, especially in touristy cities such as Berlin. More and more private individuals have begun to rent their rooms or flats to tourists via the relevant platforms, as this can be used to earn good money. The result: less and less affordable apartments are available for ordinary tenants.
Berlin has now taken action against it. Since May 1, a new ban applies in Berlin, with which the private room rental is to be contained. Who rents rooms or apartments to tourists, this can only with official approval. Normal living space may not be rented as a holiday apartment. Anyone who still offers his room at “Rent Room”, “Room Lend” or similar platforms, must expect sensitive fines.
Even without a ban, caution is advised!
Even if Berlin is still a pioneer with this ban, you should be careful in other cities, if you want to earn a few euros by renting. Many forget in the prospect of the additional earnings, that in such leases, the landlord and perhaps the tax office want to have a say – even if there are no restrictions as since May 1 in Berlin.
There are two dangers lurking even without urban restrictions:
- Danger 1: Trouble with the landlord. Anyone who offers a room at sharing platforms, without first obtaining the permission of the landlord, threatens the termination without notice. The short-term rental of rooms or apartments is not considered subletting, which a landlord can only prohibit for special reasons. According to the courts, it is a misappropriation of housing. So if you are a tenant and not the owner of the apartment, you should definitely get permission from the landlord before he offers his room on a sharing platform and leases it on a daily basis to tourists.
- Danger 2: Trouble with the tax office. The tax authorities want to keep an eye on the private room and apartment rental. If there are winnings, taxes are also due. Anyone who makes offers on the Internet must increasingly expect the tax offices to read along and, if necessary, to see statements and receipts showing the amount of revenue.