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Extreme renting: limits on rents leave Berlin’s new tenants vying for homes

By Laura Pitel

29 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

After being kicked out of his Berlin apartment by an unscrupulous landlord last summer, Fabian Missbrenner accrued a catalogue of house-hunting horror stories.

The 33-year-old PhD student from north-west Germany sent off dozens of fruitless requests to visit properties. He joined viewings where 50 people crammed into a small flat, wooing the agent.

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