Der Berlin-Nomade: Von Wohnung zu Wohnung

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Besonders Neuberliner kennen das Problem: Eine erste Bleibe zu finden ist schon ein Akt, aber machbar, doch darin dann lange wohnen können, da geht es schon los. Für viele heißt es in ihrem ersten Jahr in Berlin: Von einer Zwischenmiete zur nächsten. Doch so spannend es auch sein mag, möglichst viele verschiedene Ecken und Charaktere Berlins auf diese Art kennenzulernen, so anstrengend ist es auch ein Wohnungsnomade zu sein. Unsere Autorin Michalina kennt sich damit aus und teilt ihr Leid – und ihren Optimismus.

Michalina by
on Dezember 21st, 2016
updated on Dezember 21st, 2016
in Stories

2 Responses to “Der Berlin-Nomade: Von Wohnung zu Wohnung”

  1. Jon Says:

    I have rented an apartment in Mitte since 2005. Altbau. Saniert. The place is in stellar condition because I have treated it as my own. Earlier this year I received a notice, (not even via certified mai)l, that I was being evicted due to Eigenbedarf of the owner. His daughter has allegedly completed an Ausbildung and the 40 square meters in her current flat are too restrictive for her and her boyfriend. So, I have to move.
    I respect the owner’s property rights completely. But, I was shocked that an eviction letter can be delivered in the same manner as a thank you card. Stamp, envelope, throw it in the mail. You’re evicted. In fact, the letter was lost by the mail carrier, we suspect, and I only discovered my own eviction when the owner’s daughter appeared at my door last summer. She wanted to know why I had not responded. Mind you, I had never seen this person before. And when I asked her to identify herself, suddenly her mother appeared and proceeded to say: „Thank you for opening the door. We would like to reach an agreement with you about the eviction. For us, it is most important that no Abfindungskosten accrue.“
    I have been a model renter for 12 years and the first time the owner crosses my path she communicates that she wants me out and it better not cost her a dime.
    It is all legal. But it is not right. And who knows if the story about the daughter wanting to use the apartment is the whole truth. By German law she must reside in the flat 3 years or the eviction becomes fraudulent. Anyone know a good private detective who can watch the place for three years???
    This is Berlin-Mitte in 2016-2017. I am one of 6 similar cases in my street! Eviction due to Eigenbedearf.
    What bothers me the most: the lack and apparent unwillingness to show any decency. Laws can be respected. But people should be respected, too.
    After several court hearings, I was able to add 6 months to the eviction notice.
    I would have been happy and willing to cooperate with the owner had the owner simply reached out to me. But instead, my letters and phone calls were not answered. Only those of my attorney were.
    Being a good tenant. Doing the right thing. Doesn’t get you much respect in Mitte. But it’ll get you evicted if the daughter needs room for her shoes.

  2. Lauren Says:

    That’s insane Jon. I also lived in Mitte, but only for six months. Before I rented with a proper real estate agency I had a lot of problems and was also evicted with no notice (in Schöneberg). Almost all of my friends living in Berlin have had similar problems. I’ve moved back to Sydney now but it seems to me that Germany is a bit behind on tenants‘ rights. The culture of renting there definitely benefits the landlord at the expense of the renter.

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