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On September 24, 2017: Germany decides   With the last Sunday in September fast approaching and election campaigning reaching fever pitch, Germany’s political parties are busily jockeying for position. It seems highly likely that Angela Merkel will continue as Chancellor, but another coalition government is definitely on the cards. Will the current Grand Coalition of Union (CDU/CSU) and SPD receive a new mandate, or will the FDP win enough votes …

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Milieuschutz—necessary intervention or a step too far? In this third article on the German housing market, we’re moving on to the third currently hot “M” in the German residential real estate industry – Milieuschutz. Unlike the Mietpreisbremse (a product of Germany’s current coalition government), protecting the character, identity and social mix of a neighbourhood via Milieuschutz goes back more than 40 years to the early 1970s.   Restricting the market …

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Mietpreisbremse—putting the brakes on In this second article on the German housing market, we’re going to examine the recent Mietpreisbremse (rental control/cap, literally “rental brake”) legislation and see how it ties in with the Mietspiegel from part one. If you are an investor, landlord or tenant in one of Germany’s major cities, you are probably going to feel the impact of this new law sooner, rather than later. As …

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The Mietspiegel—A funhouse mirror? There is a great deal of interest in Germany’s housing markets from overseas’ investors and there are a large number of non-German speakers living in the country, particularly in major cities such as Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. Germans have a long-standing preference for living in rented apartments rather than buying property—although this might change slightly thanks to low interest rates and steadily increasing rents. In …

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