In May, authorities in Berlin banned locals from renting out entire apartments, and travellers are being told at the last minute by email, or even arriving in the city, to find their accommodation booking cannot be honoured.

Despite this banning order, Airbnb is still taking bookings there. Currently there are 17 pages of bookable properties in apparent contravention of this law. Airbnb says the detail of the ruling is not clear, which is why there are still so many listings.

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