Housing Shortage Berlin Bans Tourist Apartments

Berlin's tourist boom has led many locals to rent out their apartments to visitors for short-term stays. Now the Berlin senate, amid soaring rents, has passed a law banning the practice. Critics, however, are unsure of how effective it will be.
A sign from someone looking for an apartment in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district. The Berlin senate hopes to make more housing available by banning short-term vacation apartments.

A sign from someone looking for an apartment in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district. The Berlin senate hopes to make more housing available by banning short-term vacation apartments.

Foto: Jens Kalaene/ picture alliance / dpa
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