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Monday, February 17, 2014

Airbnb troubles: Termination without notice legal in Germany?

Heidelberg - home of Germany's latest Airbnb court case (1)
Airbnb and its German clones Windu and 9flats are popular in Germany. Today the local newspaper Rhein-Neckar Zeitung (RNZ) reports about a pending court case at the Heidelberg district court that has the potential to be of fundamental significance for Airbnb's user base.

“We feel thoroughly cheated” the newspaper quotes the landlord:

He had rented a 55 square meter tworoom (not: two bedroom) apartment to a scientific staff of the University of Heidelberg. They believed that everything would be fine until they learned from neighbors of the sub-lease to tourists. When the owner discovered the advertisement on Airbnb, they could not believe their eyes: