International Perspective - Lessons from Berlin?
On 1 June 2015, Berlin began enforcing rent controls preventing landlords from charging over 10% more than the local average rent for new tenants. The chairman of the Berlin Tenants Association has apparently reported that “we don’t want a situation like in London”. It seems that London’s housing system has now become so completely dysfunctional that its reputation has spread far and wide. Is it time for the UK’s hard-pressed tenants to clamour for the same rights as their Berlin counterparts?