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He insisted that the “pleasant side” of Airbnb – renting out a spare room – was still possible after May 1st.“But we want to forbid apartments being taken from the rental market to make more profit.” For years city tenants’ associations have called for action on the largely unregulated holiday let sector, arguing it prices regular Berliners out of the housing market.Anyone who does so from Sunday risks a fine of €100,000.Studies estimate the number of holiday lets in Berlin at about 15,000, while just 6,300 landlords have applied for a holiday let permit.Dumping commercial landlords has been interpreted as an attempt to avoid being dragged into legal action with the city authorities – and face a total ban on operations.“A larger number of the apartments that Airbnb offers in Berlin are apartments diverted from their intended purpose for commercial use,” said Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s planning minister.Within a month, Airbnb has almost halved its Berlin listings to 6,700, banning thousands of landlords who were letting entire apartments on a commercial basis.A search on Wednesday showed just 306 apartments available in June.

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Last February Berlin’s city government ordered Airbnb to hand over the details of its clients in the capital.

The company attempted to secure a loosening of the new law against holiday lets, but to no avail.