There's a reason is super popular: It allows you to feel like you have a slice of home no matter where you are in the world. Plus, the experience often feels more authentic and is cheaper, too. But apparently the online service has caused some serious issues for the local residents in some cities — and Berlin won't stand for it any longer.
The popular tourist city announced it's banning the use of Airbnb due to "acute housing shortages, unprecedented population growth, and marked changes in Europe's housing system," according to the . Basically, real estate moguls are buying properties and only renting them to tourists, which is making it harder for locals to afford housing.
But there is a workaround: The law (which is called "Zweckentfremdungsverbot") only applies to whole apartments and homes, meaning individual rooms or guests houses are still A-OK. To be honest, that's probably a better scenario, since it means you actually get to stay with a local. See ya, guide books.