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Wimdu attacks Berlin authorities in court

The one2one apartment rental platform between took the City State of Berlin to court following a reinforcement of laws regulating short term rentals between individuals.

Created in 2011 by two young Berliners, Wimdu reacts in light of the reinforcement of measures being taken to restrict short-term private rentals in the German capital. The platform that connects leasers and renters thus launched a procedure in court against the Land of Berlin, to defend property owners' rights to use their property as they see fit.

Since January 1, 2014, the latter have been obliged to obtain autorization from municipal authorities in order to rent their accommodations to travelers. Any leaser that does not have authorization would have to pay a 50,000 euro fine. Yet, the Senate of Berlin suddenly decided to stiffen the rules by raising the amount of the penalty to 100,000 euros from May 1, 2016.

Moreover, Berlin authorities hope to require online platforms for one2one rentals, such as Airbnb or Wimdu, to provide data about the renter just in case the accommodations are being used illegally as a vacation cottage. This aims to better enforce the new regulations.

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