Heads Up! You’ll No Longer Find Airbnb in This Popular European City
Airbnb has opened up a whole new world to all those travelers who are not quite up for that hostel life but also not rich enough for hotels. With properties all across the globe (even in Cuba!), Airbnb’s often trendy places that offer connection with a city’s local community have made for not just a cheaper trip, but often a more authentic one. However, the tech startup’s service has not been without its hiccups. They were threatened to be banned in their own hometown of SF due to a tax debacle and the city’s current housing crisis, but alas, you can still score a spot in SF for your next trip to Brit HQ ;) However, the same can longer be said for Berlin.
According to the Independent, the popular European destination announced today that it’s banning the use of Airbnb in the city due to “acute housing shortages, unprecedented population growth and marked changes in Europe’s housing system.” Essentially, what’s happening in Berlin is similar to what’s happening in a handful of other booming urban areas that offer Airbnb rentals: Real estate moguls are scooping up properties and renting them only to visitors, therefore causing locals and new residents to struggle to find affordable housing. Rent in Berlin is still relatively affordable compared to the rest of Europe, but between 2009 and 2014 the average price increased by 56 percent.
However, if you’re a solo traveler or a traveling duo you might not need to worry. The new housing law called “Zweckentfremdungsverbot” (say that five times fast) went into place this month and only bans the rental of whole apartments and homes. So if you’re just trying to rent a guesthouse on someone’s property or a room in a centrally located apartment, you should be in the clear. After doing a quick browse on Airbnb about what’s currently offered in Berlin, it appears as though some folks didn’t get the memo. We’re hoping they get it soon though, as breaking this law can result in a $115,205 fine. Ouch.
What are your thoughts on Airbnb rentals in correlation with urban cities’ rent spikes? Share with us on Twitter @BritandCo.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)