Tenants get more rights

The new rent brake creates information obligations for landlords and makes it more difficult for landlords to de-rent through modernization. But they do not create additional living space, say the critics.

The controversial rent brake will be tightened further.

DThe Federal Cabinet is launching new rights for tenants and stricter rules for landlords on Wednesday morning. The so-called rent brake for regions with a tight housing market is tightened, among other things, with new information requirements for landlords who want to charge a rent that is more than 10 percent above the local comparable rent.

In addition, it should be an administrative offense in the future to announce or carry out a modernization with the intention of getting rid of the old tenants. Tenants are then entitled to compensation, landlords face a fine of up to 100,000 euros.

Federal Consumer Protection Minister Katarina Barley has described the planned new rights for tenants and stricter rules for landlords as a “quantum leap”. “The tenants gain a piece of power,” said the SPD politician to the newspapers of the editorial network in Germany (Wednesday). The federal cabinet brings the new tenant protection law on the way in the morning.

Barley also pointed out that the rent brake is only one measure from a “huge package” by the federal government to create affordable and new living space. In addition, there would be, among other things, an expansion of social housing, building child benefit and tax advantages in building.

There is also a lack of apartments with a tightened rent brake

The President of the German Association of Cities, Markus Lewe, welcomed planned changes to the rental price brake as a step in the right direction. He told the radio station NDR Info on Tuesday evening that the improvement would help to make the rental price brake more transparent and user-friendly. “But this does not yet create new living space and that is the next big challenge. We simply lack 400,000 apartments a year. “

On the other hand, criticism came from the owner organization Haus & Grund. “The federal government is continuing on the path of populist housing policy instead of introducing sensible measures that make building and living in Germany cheaper,” said association president Kai Warnecke of the “Rheinische Post” (Wednesday). “The tenants and the landlords suffer”. Only more building land in tense residential areas will lead to a lower increase in rents.