Ruling throws key project of Merkel’s coalition into doubt days before elections

One of the prestige projects of Angela Merkel’s outgoing coalition government has been thrown into doubt after a Berlin court ruled that a recently introduced rent-control law violates Germany’s constitution.

The so-called Mietpreisbremse or “rental price brake” was introduced two years ago with the aim of barring landlords in property hotspots from increasing rents by more than 10% above a local benchmark. In June 2015 Berlin became the first German state to implement the new regulation.

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