Airbnb awaits Berlin ruling on legality of home-sharing

By Tina Bellon BERLIN (Reuters) – A Berlin city court is due to make a landmark ruling with ramifications for home rental firms such as Airbnb on Wednesday when it decides if homeowners can engage in short-term lets. Several home-sharing companies have lodged a complaint against an effective ban on such lets in Berlin in the first substantial challenge to such city legislation in Europe. The Berlin showdown comes a week after the European Commission cautioned member states against erecting roadblocks or even outright bans on the emerging "sharing economy" in everything from apartments to local rides by enforcing decades or even centuries-old laws.

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