Not even half of the Berliners who were able to lower their rent because of the rent cap have set aside money in the event that it fails before the Federal Constitutional Court. This is the result of a survey by the Berliner Sparkasse, which the “Berliner Morgenpost” (Tuesday) received. According to this, 22 percent of Berliners were able to reduce their rent payments at all. Of these, 41 percent said they would put money aside in order to be able to settle possible additional claims from their landlords. 47 percent did not build up any financial reserves for this.
Since February 2020, rents for 1.5 million apartments have been frozen at the June 2019 level. From 2022 onwards, they may increase by a maximum of 1.3 percent annually. If an apartment is rented out again, the landlord must adhere to fixed upper limits and the last rent demanded. Rents that are more than 20 percent above the upper limit are prohibited by law and must be reduced by the landlord.
After several lawsuits, the constitutional court is examining the nationwide unique and highly controversial regulation. When a decision will be made is open. The Berlin tenants’ association and representatives of the Senate advise Berliners whose rent has been reduced to put the saved money aside until final clarification.
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According to the Morgenpost, the Sparkasse had the study carried out at the beginning of February. 1011 Berliners aged 18 and over were surveyed. The results were weighted and representative, it said. (dpa)