Germans go to court less often because of rent disputes. Almost all conflicts are resolved out of court. However, there are significantly more complaints, mainly because of higher rents.
NAdditional costs, mold, rent increases: there are many reasons for disputes between tenants and landlords. Nevertheless, both sides meet less and less in court. Last year they stood before the judge in 226,933 proceedings, around 20,000 times less than in 2016. “This means that the number of tenancy law suits has dropped to the lowest level since reunification,” the German Tenants’ Association told the German Press Agency.
The number of processes has fallen by a good third since 1996, as the association calculated based on the latest data from the Federal Statistical Office. The tenants ‘association sees a reason in the legal advice that the tenants’ associations offer. As in the previous year, around 1.1 million people sought advice there in 2017. Again 97 percent of the cases could be resolved out of court.
Since the 1990s, however, the ownership rate has also risen. That means more people live in their own four walls – rent disputes are ruled out. In 2014, according to official figures, 45.5 percent of Germans lived in property, compared to 40.9 percent in 1998. Tenants’ associations also explain that tenancy law reforms and numerous judgments by the Federal Court of Justice have defused many points of contention.
According to the tenants’ association, a good one in three advice deals with operating costs, and around half as often with housing defects. In third place is the rent increase, which at 11.7 percent led almost every eighth client to legal advice nationwide. Five years earlier, the proportion was 6.6 percent.
“This reflects developments on the housing markets with rents that have recently risen sharply,” explained the tenants’ association. In the big cities, according to the statistics, deficiencies and rent increases are even more frequently an issue than the national average.