Berlin To Hold Referendum On Rental Property Laws

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Berlin and its club scene has found its way onto Electronic Music News a few times this year already with clubs closing down due to rising rent, the Berlin scene generating 1.5bn euros and documentaries about infamous Berghain bouncers.

Now Berlin is set to hold a referendum banning big landlords and nationalising private rented housing.

The referendum and its proposed laws would ban Landlords with 3000 homes in their portfolio from operating in the city.

An estimated 200,000 homes would be covered in the referendum and effectively become the equivalent of council housing, with social priced rents and a view to reduce the cost of living.

For the 200,000 homes the German federal system requires 20,000 signatures from tenants via local constitutions that hold frameworks for referenda.

It looks like support for the referendum is in full swing with protests and activists keen to sign ballot papers.

We don’t yet know if this will also affect commercial buildings for clubs struggling with rent prices, however we will keep our ear to the ground and as soon as the team at UMR know, our readers and listeners will know too!

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