If you will visit Berlin, you will find out that it is quite difficult to find a holiday apartment that is available through online sites like Airbnb. The reason is Berlin’s government has banned most of the holiday flats that are being lent out to tourists. If the authorities find out that a home is illegally being used as a holiday apartment, the owner faces fines of up to €100,000 (£78,000).
Most tips regarding illegal holiday apartments come from Berliners who have had enough of all-night partying and noisy strangers. Some critics have accused the government of snooping but inspectors are able to gain support from neighbours. People are warm and friendly but they complain about holiday flats because of dirt and noise. Berliners want to know who their neighbours are.
However, the law is not about the complaints of Berliners but because of rising rents and the lack of housing. Between 2009 and 2014, rents in apartments increased by 56% in Berlin. Berlin is very attractive to young artists all over the world. At the same time, Berlin’s population is growing fast making it increasingly difficult to find affordable apartments in the city.
Another challenge that Berlin faces is the influx of millions of immigrants and refugees in Germany in 2015. If homes will be used as holiday flats, it will exacerbate the housing problem because the apartment will be taken off the market. Holiday apartments can also be blamed for the high rents. If an apartment is let out to tourists for a few days, the revenue is equal to a typical month’s rent.
Airbnb is popular among tourists because there are holiday apartments that are more affordable to rent than hotel rooms. However, the social welfare of the Berliners must be placed ahead of the individual rights of businesses and property owners.
If you prefer to spend a holiday in Castara and enjoy the peaceful and blissful village life, your best option is Castara Bliss Apartments that are nestled on the hillside and allow you an amazing view of the Caribbean Sea. Each apartment is fully equipped with modern amenities to make your stay extra comfortable and relaxing.