It pertains to a legal challenge brought by a private individual living in the Berlin district of Pankow against the State of Berlin in the Berlin Administrative Court after he was rejected a permit to rent his own home - a measure city authorities have been using to essentially control the use of home-sharing platforms like Airbnb. The court recommended he be granted a permit to be able to rent his home for short term tourist rentals for 182 days per year - overturning the earlier rejection of authorization on the grounds that a public interest in the preservation of housing does not exist if the premises are already being used for residential purposes. In a press release detailing the outcome, the law firm involved in the case interprets the decision as generalized - suggesting other Berliners could take similar action to seek to overturn other permit rejections, and expect to also be granted leave to rent their homes for up to 182 days. Hence Airbnb couching this as a win. Get the full story at TechCrunch