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Germany: Berlin backs freezing rent prices for five years

0 18.06.2019 Инфо

W/S Berlin Senator for City Development and Housing Katrin Lompscher walks up to the desk for the press conference
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SOT, Katrin Lompscher, Berlin Senator for City Development and Housing, (German): "The Senate decided today that it will implement the rules of the Federal state law for limitations on the rent prices. It also decided on the presented keypoints and therefore the rent cannot be increased for five years.''
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SOT, Katrin Lompscher, Berlin Senator for City Development and Housing, (German): "By 2013 when the capping limits were introduced, it was already known that we have a housing emergency in Berlin. This is the basis for this legislative procedure. And it is necessary to not only extend the housing stock but also to protect the existing housing stock from the excessive rental trends.''
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SOT, Katrin Lompscher, Berlin Senator for City Development and Housing, (German): "We see this kind of rent development everywhere and that is why the Senate realised the need to act. And the so called rent cap - well the Berlin rent law also know as the rent cap - has the purpose of freezing rents for a time of five years on the one hand and to name limitations of re-renting of housing on the other hand and also regarding the rent cap to include the possibility of the examination of decreasing excessive rents.''
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SOT, Katrin Lompscher, Berlin Senator for City Development and Housing, (German): "We intend to present this law as fast as possible and to have it effective latest in January 2020, whereas the rules of this law are supposed to have legal force from today.''
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SOT, Katrin Lompscher, Berlin Senator for City Development and Housing, (German): "That we saw these demands of increasing the rent and this unspeakable call by 'Haus und Grund' - and I will say this again very clearly - you cannot do this. Especially in view of the fact that with the new publication of a rent index the possibility of rent increases will be examined anyway and realised in case of doubt.''
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W/S City hall in Berlin
SCRIPT
Berlin’s city government, the Senate, announced at a news conference on Tuesday its approval of a draft law freezing rent prices for five years.
Senator for City Development and Housing Katrin Lompscher said: “By 2013 when the capping limits were introduced, it was already known that we have a housing emergency in Berlin. This is the basis for this legislative procedure. And it is necessary to not only extend the housing stock but also to protect the existing housing stock from the excessive rental trends.''
According to the Senate, the proposed freeze would protect against rent increases for 1.5 million apartments excluding non-price-controlled flats, welfare housing and newly-built apartments.
Germany’s largest property-owners' association, Haus and Grund, which opposes the plan, called on landlords to raise the prices on Monday but Lompscher said the draft law will apply retroactively from Tuesday.
"We intend to present this law as fast as possible and to have it effective latest in January 2020, whereas rules of this law are supposed to have legal force from today’', said the Senator. The proposal is yet to be voted on by the city’s parliament.