London can learn from Berlin new rents policy

The implementation of a new cap on private rents rises in Berlin was covered by the Evening Standard yesterday, which noted that the policy has led to campaigners to call for similar measures in London.

The Berlin policy may not be a perfect fit for London, but there are certainly lessons to be learnt. We should watch the policy closely as it is implemented, and see what aspects of it improve the lives of renters in the German capital.

I was quoted in the Standard article:

Nicky Gavron AM, Labour’s planning spokesperson on the London Assembly, said the Berlin approach would not work “wholesale” but lessons could be learnt.

“In London millions of renters are left with no protection from arbitrary yearly rent rises and unfair and ever increasing fees,” she said.

“What we need is a system which gives London’s renters the peace of mind and security of longer tenancy agreements, a ceiling on excessive rent increases and an end to no fault evictions.”

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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