Berlin rent cap - the law applies immediately!
As of February 23, 2020
1. For existing tenants: obligation to provide information within two months (due to the Corona crisis, the deadline was extended by 6 months)
As the landlord, you must provide information on the relevant circumstances for calculating the rent limit within eight months of the entry into force of the law on the rental cover (effective date: February 23, 2020) and before entering into a new rental agreement. You must also inform us of the amount of the rent on June 18, 2019 on request. If this does not happen, the tenant can report this violation to his district housing office or contact a district tenant advisory service.
You can download the landlord information template here:
2. For new leases: calculate the new maximum rent and provide information
In the case of new or re-letting, completely new rent ceilings apply, which must be observed. Anyone who demands a higher rent is guilty of an administrative offense that can be punished with a fine of up to 500,000 euros.
The basic rule is: the new rent may not be higher than the previous one, but may not exceed the new rent limits (see table). In addition, the landlord must provide the tenant with information about the circumstances of the calculation and the amount of the previous rent (key date rent) before the contract is concluded.
These effects will also apply to existing rents from November 22, 2020, because from this date the cover rents will also apply to existing contracts, the amount of which must then be adjusted.
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Attention: This table also expressly applies to furnished apartments in Berlin with temporary leases.
Permitted net cold rent and usury rent value in euros per square meter (rent index 2013 plus 13.5 percent inflation surcharge)
|Excess rent limit *|
|Year of construction and equipment||
general upper limit
for new rentals
|with collective heating and with bath||6,45||7,40||7,63||8,63|
|with collective heating or with bath||5,00||5,66||5,89||6,89|
|without collective heating and without bathroom||3,92||4,37||4,60||5,59|
|1919 to 1949|
|with collective heating and with bath||6,27||7,19||7,42||8,41|
|with collective heating or with bath||5,22||5,93||6,16||7,15|
|without collective heating and without bathroom||4,59||5,17||5,40||6,40|
|1950 to 1964|
|with collective heating and with bath||6,08||6,96||7,19||8,18|
|with collective heating or with bath||5,62||6,41||6,64||7,63|
|from 1965 with collective heating and with bathroom|
|1965 to 1972||5,95||6,80||7,03||8,03|
|1973 to 1990||6,04||6,91||7,14||8,14|
|1991 to 2002||8,13||9,42||9,65||10,64|
2003 to 2013
* including location discount of 0.28 euros / sqm (simple residential area), 0.09 euros / sqm (medium-sized residential area) and location surcharge of 0.74 euros / sqm (good residential area)
Source: Senate Department for Urban Development
Status: 23.02.2020 - All information is without guarantee of accuracy and completeness
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According to Deutsche Bank AG, the price of property rentals in Berlin have seen the most growth of just about anywhere in Europe over the last five years. Even before the global pandemic made the problem more acute for renters, ordinary residents in the city had seen an upturn of 28 per cent in that reporting period. Partly to deal with spiralling costs and partly as a response to the healthcare crisis, Berlin's authorities introduced citywide price controls. In short, this means a Berlin rent freeze.
The rent cap Berlin landlords now have to adhere to covers all residential property but it does take account the differing standards of dwellings. The maximum that a newly renovated residence can now be rented out for, per square metre, is €10.80 a month. Critics of the scheme have pointed out that the rent cap Berlin now sees will make renting out properties less profitable which is going to put a brake on new building work, conversions and renovations. That said, the move has been largely welcomed by tenant groups.
It is important for landlords to note that the rent cap Berlin residents are now able to invoke applies to property owners both in Germany and overseas. Rents that are above the maximum allowed levels must be lowered. Various factors play their part in how the maximum rental incomes are calculated, largely relating to the age of the property, whether it has central heating and its own bathroom. Further details about the rent control levels can be found here. In the meantime, many landlords are now faced with working out whether their rental incomes make remaining in the property business one that is worthwhile or not. Some will inevitably choose to sell their property investments which could have an unforeseeable impact on the property market in Berlin as a whole.