German officials facing protests about threats to affordable housing in Berlin have decided the solution may be a five-year ban on rent increases. http://ow.ly/GkYC30oYrvh
Berlin has long been known for its affordable housing options. The plan to temporarily freeze rents is an attempt to halt runaway gentrification in the city, where rents have reportedly doubled in the past decade.
The rent freeze idea was inspired by a grassroots movement in Berlin, where a tradition of cheap rents has made the city an attractive destination for students, artists, musicians and start-ups from around the world. https://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-germany-berlin-rent-increases-outlawed-20190620-story.html …
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