BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing tenants angry over rising rents in a country where home ownership is traditionally low.
Merkel is speaking Friday at a meeting in Cologne of the German Tenants Association. Its head, Franz-Georg Rips, recently called for urgent measures to make housing more affordable and warned that tenants are losing faith in the government’s ability to tackle rent rises.
Thorsten Schaefer-Guembel, acting co-leader of the center-left Social Democrats, has said his party will discuss nationwide rent controls with Merkel’s Union bloc in the coming days.
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The state of Berlin has already proposed freezing rents for five years. Activists in the capital have also launched a campaign to get the state government to take over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners.
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