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Berlin landlords up in arms over new law

It prohibits them from demanding rents that are over 10% higher than the area average


UNTIL last week, Thomas Groth had no trouble finding young couples to pay 715 euros (S$1,080) a month for a one-bedroom apartment on Rauchstrasse, a quiet, tree-lined street in Berlin's embassy district. Next time he signs a lease, he'll have to charge 40 per cent less.