Berlin rent cap overturned! Constitutional Court ends experiment – retroactive rent payment threatens

Berlin rent cap – The Berlin rent cap is illegal and thus inadmissible! This was decided by the Federal Constitutional Court in April. While some housing companies did not increase their rents back to the old level despite the end of the rent cap, many landlords now demand repayments and put the rents back up. But why was the rent cap overturned, what are the consequences for landlords and tenants, and how are politicians reacting to the decision and the new bill? All this and much more information about the rent cap, its function, the effects and consequences, and the alternatives can be found here.

Rent cap is unconstitutional!

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As the capital and cultural city,Berlin is one of the most popular places to live in Germany. No wonder that rents have been rising in recent years and the real estate market seems more lucrative than ever before. Whether and if so when the rent cap will take effect again or landlords can continue to charge their high prices remains to be seen. Here you can find information about the current events around the rent cap in Berlin.

The law concerns a stock of:

340,000 to 512,000 apartments in Berlin

What does the rent cap say?

The rent cap was supposed to make affordable housing in the big city of Berlin possible again. According to estimates, the rents for 340,000 to 512,000 apartments fell, in some cases by several hundred euros. Much to the annoyance of landlords and property owners! Because they finally sued against the law.

After the rent cap in Berlin was ultimately declared unconstitutional by the Federal Constitutional Court, many landlords and owners breathed a sigh of relief. However, the discussion about high rents has not yet come to an end. In addition, rumours are spreading that the real estate giant Vonovia will merge with the real estate group Deutsche-Wohnen, which would result in the largest real estate deal in German history.

Tenants and landlords: Statistics

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Public opinion: good or bad?

Do you think the Berlin measure of introducing a rent cap is rather good or rather bad?

Tenant Opinion:

  • Rather good: 81%
  • Rather bad: 14%

Total opinion

  • Rather good: 71%
  • Rather bad: 24%

Statistik: Finden Sie die Berliner Maßnahme der Einführung eines Mietendeckels eher gut oder eher schlecht? | Statista

You can find more statistics at Statista.

Opinion in the political parties

It is also interesting to take a look at the parties in Germany. Do you think the Berlin measure of introducing a rent cap is rather good or rather bad? Sorted by party preference.

  • Party = rather good / rather bad
  • Left = 85% / 11%
  • Greens = 83% / 15%
  • SPD = 79% / 13%
  • CDU/CSU = 68% / 27%
  • AfD = 60% / 33%
  • FDP = 47% / 44

Statistik: Finden Sie die Berliner Maßnahme der Einführung eines Mietendeckels eher gut oder eher schlecht? (nach Parteipräferenz) | Statista

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Real estate giant: Merger of Vonovia & Deutsche-Wohnen

It would be the biggest deal in the history of the German real estate market. The billion-dollar real estate companies Vonovia and Deutsche-Wohnen want to merge. What was repeatedly rejected by Deutsche-Wohnen in the past is now set to become reality. Vonovia’s takeover bid is attractive and promising. Both the Vonovia share and the Deutsche-Wohnen share have risen in value in recent years. You can find more information here:

Real Estate News:

The Süddeutsche Zeitung says “Vonovia does not have to become a rent shark”. The Handelsblatt even headlines “Share deals loophole: Why the merger of Vonovia and Deutsche Wohnen is triggering a tax debate” and ARD warns “Merger plans alarm tenants”. The headlines are now familiar. Here is more news from the real estate industry:

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Frankfurter Allgemeine: New life for houses of worship

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  • Changing Neighbourhoods: Images of Memory

Haufe: Will housing become more expensive?

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T-Online: Housing prices continue to rise faster than rents

This week T-Online has topics such as ” Real estate collapse in major cities – experts warn of real estate bubble ” and ” Expensive CO2 participation – landlords demand Seehofer’s resignation ” . New topics of the week: Vonovia with audit process

New articles and posts from this week include “Rent brake for municipal apartments in Berlin ” and “Expropriation initiative has almost 200,000 signatures” . More headlines of the week:

Immobilien Zeitung: Hamburg is building apartments like it last did in 1974

This week Immobilien Zeitung has interesting topics such as “Hamburg builds as many apartments as last 1974” and “Sometimes only a pharmacy and a supermarket remain of the trade” in the magazine. The posts and more tips can be found here:

Spiegel: Social promises of the real estate bosses?

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