Use our questionnaire and find out whether you pay more that allowed according to Berlin's rent cap.
Either wenigermiete.de enforce the 'Mietendeckel' (rent cap) for you or you choose our free legally valid letter from our wenigermiete.de association for tenant rights 'Verein für Mieterrechte e.V.'.
We will come to an agreement with your landlord or you send the letter independently to your landlord to enforce your rights.
There is an absolute rent ceiling for the rent cap (‘Mietendeckel). The landlord may not demand more rent for the next five years without any ifs and buts and must "freeze" the rent as of June 18th, 2019. However, the law is controversial and will be heard before the Constitutional Court.
The rent control (‘Mietpreisbremse’) regulates how much rent the landlord may charge at most "in tight housing markets". The law was introduced on June 1st, 2015 at the federal level and has already been enforced many times by wenigermiete.de.
Yes, even if you have already applied the rent control (‘Mietpreisbremse’), you can at the same time apply the new Berlin rent cap (‘Mietendeckel’).
The concepts of the rent cap ‘Mietendeckel’ and the rent control ‘Mietpreisbremse’ are very different, which is why it is not possible to make a general statement as to whether more can be saved with one or the other. In general, the location and the equipment of the apartment are significant. You should therefore check both cases on our website. Remember, you can use both options at the same time, as they are not mutually exclusive.
Yes, the rent cap (‘Mietendeckel’) and the rent control (‘Mietpreisbremse’) also apply to furnished apartments! A surcharge for furniture can be applied, which must be based on the current value of the furniture. For example, a ‘Billy’ bookshelf may not be subject to a surcharge of €100 per month. The landlord must prove what the current value of the furniture is. If you have special surcharges for furniture and kitchens, you can take advantage of advice from our experts as part of our tenant protection packages.
There are apartments that are exempt from the rent cap (‘Mietendeckel’) and the rent control (‘Mietpreisbremse’). This includes new buildings. In Berlin, new buildings are considered apartments/buildings that are ready for occupancy since 2014. Social housing and other publicly subsidized housing are also excluded.
The vast majority of landlords are aware that it is they who are breaking the law and not the tenants. Because our letters are legally and substantively sound, landlords usually react just as objectively. In many cases, the clerks of the property management or real estate companies take care of the procedure. Some landlords also call in lawyers. This is good because it usually professionalizes the process.
We always try to find a good compromise between the two parties and focus on dialogue instead of confrontation. However, we would like to give you the following information:
Nevertheless, you should not forget that you are merely asserting your legal claim and that it is the landlords who are acting illegally. This often involves several thousands of Euros per year. It's worth it to stand up for your right.
No, the landlord cannot terminate you just because you assert your rights or instruct us to do so. And he can't pressure you in any other way. If the tenant complies with his obligations, there is only one way to terminate him: personal use. If you rent the apartment from a company, this is already excluded. Only private persons can register their own use and even then, this is only possible under strict conditions, which many private landlords do not comply with. This means that even in the extremely unlikely case of a (personal use) termination, we have a good chance of averting this.
If wenigermiete.de enforces the rent cap for you out of court, the fee is a one-time saving for four months (incl. VAT) in case of success. However, these costs are paid by your landlord, because we offset the fee against the repayment claim you have against your landlord. Therefore generally speaking you do not pay anything directly to us.
If you would like to become active yourself, you can also opt for our free legally valid letter from our wenigermiete.de association for tenant rights ('Verein für Mieterrechte e.V.'). All you have to do is to become a member of the association. The membership is free of charge and you do not enter into any further obligations with it!
If no out-of-court agreement between tenant and landlord can be reached on the basis of the rent cap ('Mietendeckel'), wenigermiete.de can apply the rent control ('Mietpreisbremse') for you.
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