1000’s of individuals have taken to the streets of Berlin to protest in opposition to rising hire costs.
Estimates say housing prices within the German capital have doubled over the previous 10 years.
Protesters are calling for the native authorities to grab properties owned by personal landlords. Some campaigners have already launched a petition calling for a referendum on the problem.
Comparable protests additionally befell in Munich and Cologne.
In keeping with a 2019 examine by actual property group CBRE Berlin and Berlin Hyp AG, a mortgage lending financial institution, common hire costs within the metropolis have now surpassed 10 euros (£eight.62) per sq. metre 5% larger than a yr in the past.
The examine additionally discovered that the worth of renting within the suburbs of Berlin is slowly catching up.
The petition arrange by the protesters requires native authorities to grab properties owned by personal landlords with greater than three,000 flats.
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Deutsche Wohnen is likely one of the personal firms focused by campaigners. It has round 115,000 properties within the metropolis.
Nonetheless, the native authorities says that seizing properties would price town as much as €37bn (£13.8bn) in compensation funds, Deutsche Welle stories.
Berlin has already launched a ban on householders letting their properties out to holidaymakers – a transfer widespread with residents.
On Saturday, protests additionally befell in Munich, the place hire has additionally soared in recent times.
Final September, 10,000 individuals gathered within the metropolis to march in opposition to rising rents.