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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Spandau Joins the Berlin Districts with "Milieuschutz" Areas

The Spandau District Assembly has voted to have a rough screening performed to identify areas where looming rent increases are likely to push out existing tenants, gentrification.

According to the IVD Berlin-Brandenburg Spandau was the district with the highest rent increases lately. The average rent for "simple" neighborhoods is at 7.75 €/m²/month while Spandau remained one of the last three districts without "Milieuschutz".

The rough screening will start in September.

Zitadelle Spandau
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Amongst the areas already seen as strong candidates to be included in the protection of "Milieuschutz" are Spandauer Neustadt and Wilhelmstadt to the north and south of the center Altstadt. Another area already discussed is the development "An der Kappe" with ca. 1,100 apartments.

Spandau City Hall
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We will keep our readers updated on the developments.

More information about the impact of the "Milieuschutz" on the property owners in the area youu can find here:

The Can Do and Can't Do Renovating Apartments in Certain Areas of Berlin

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Upcoming "Milieuschutz" Areas in Moabit and Tiergarten

The Berlin-Mitte district council put the pressure up for “Milieuschutz”. In their last meeting before the summer break, the representatives demanded the district administration by resolution to identify the so-called observation areas Körner- and Lützowstraße in Tiergarten and Moabit the Lübecker Straße and the Thomasiusstraße and the Beussel district as “Milieuschutz” protection areas. Further to formally announce the dedication of the areas in order to apply the social conservation mechanisms as soon as possible. This means that homeowners must meet certain approval criteria for construction projects and take into account the rent index in the district.
The “Milieuschutz” is an urban and social instrument for avoiding displacement of the existing resident population also known as gentrification.
More information about the impact of the "Milieuschutz" on the property owners in the area youu can find here:

The Can Do and Can't Do Renovating Apartments in Certain Areas of Berlin

Monday, 9 July 2018

New Protected "Milieuschutz" Areas Coming Into Effect In Kreuzberg

Since 1. July 2018 the existing Mileuschutz area Hornstrasse in Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is extended on its eastern border.

In detail the new area comprises the residential areas of the neighbouring city hall block ("Rathausblock") between Obentraut- and Yorckstraße and from Mehringdamm to Großbeerenstraße. Also Block 153, defined between Obentrautstraße and Tempelhofer Ufer, Großbeeren- and Ruhlsdorfer Straße.

For the implications for the owners of apartments and apartment blocks in this area please see the article on our blog  Property Investment In Germany.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Neukölln – the chili pepper in Berlin’s melting pot, by Handelsblatt Global

Monday, 25 June 2018

Every Major Publication Now Has To Have A Property Ranking

It seems like every main media publication now has to have a price ranking for property prices and rents. Some cover the entire country and some break it down to districts within boroughs of the main cities.

Berlin Property Prices
Here is an example from the weekly publication Wirtschaftswoche which lists areas in five price categories:

  • very reasonable city districts - average 2,372 €/m²
  • reasonable city districts - average 2,682 €/m²
  • middle priced districts - average 2,904 €/m²
  • expensive districts - average 3,434 €/m²
  • very expensive districts - average 4,415 €/m²

Here is the list for "very expensive districts: 3,750 to 5,870 €/m² in increasing order:

Alt-Treptow, Plänterwald, Wannsee, Charlottenburg, Friedenau, Wilmersdorf, Nikolassee, Zehlendorf, Hansaviertel, Moabit, Schmargendorf, Friedrichshain, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Halensee, Kreuzberg, Grunewald, Dahlem, Tiergarten

*Data based on condos of 75 m²

The full list of all price categories is available in German on Wirtschaftswoche.

The Berlin District Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Is About To Get Their First Two "Milieuschutz" Areas

In July 2017 the local council of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf had published the plan to declare the first two gentrification protected  "Milieuschutz" areas.for a period of 12 months any activity contradicting these plans can be denied. The district is now set to publicly declare the Milieuschutz for two areas:

Around Mierendorffplatz across the river Spree to the east of the Charlottenburg Castle.


Around Gierkeplatz to the southwest from the castle south of Otto-Suhr-Allee.
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Further areas in Charlottenburg around Klausener Platz and in Wilmersdorf along Kurfürstenstrasse are currently discussed without any action taken yet.

For more information about the implications for a property owner see my articles:
The Can Do and Can't Do Renovating Apartments in Certain Areas of Berlin
Thinking About Dividing an Apartment Block into Condos in Berlin? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Sunday, 3 June 2018

New Candidate Areas for "Milieuschutz" in Berlin Mitte

The Berlin district Mitte is considering to add more areas to the existing 5 “Milieuschutz” areas or to use the official title “Städtbauliche Erhaltungsgebiete”. A consortium of experts was instructed to look into areas that previously were suspected of being under pressure regarding modernizations and rent increases. The quarters (Kiez) under investigation are Soldiner Straße, Kattegatstraße, Reinickendorfer Straße and Humboldthain Nord-West.

Soldiner Straße, Berlin Wedding
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The study shows that a large proportion of the population in these areas are now in danger of being pushed out by rent increases. Over the last decades, significant public investment went into these areas to improve the quality of living. This has attracted higher income tenants which in turn raises the attention of property investors.
The apartment buildings in these areas have a high potential for modernisation followed by rent increases: e.g. half of the apartments don’t have a balcony, very few have a lift.
These four areas are to be closely monitored for activities leading to the actual decision by the local council. Once the decision for starting the process for the declaration of “Milieuschutz” is published, certain activities like Title Split can already be blocked.
For more information about the implications for a property owner see my articles: