Konrad Werner: Stop being so grateful for the Mietbremse



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Katharine "get a real job"...

Out of naiveté and immense curiosity, Katharine, would you please be kind enough to expound on this "get a real job (that's not in "media" or "freelance kunstler" breech)"
What exactly do you mean by a "real job"? Give examples please.

Between a janitor and a 'banker', and I mean investment 'bankers' in particular who are nothing else but white collar thieves aided and abetted by their equally thieving bunch of morons in suits and partners in crime, the pelicans, who in your unmatched wisdom has what you call a "real job"?

Katharine, humility is a virtue admired and wished for by many a people, yet so often trampled and passed on by a great many people in their egocentric attempt to prove their overrated sense of self-importance, to prove how high up there they are, how mighty they are.

It would do you great good to get off your high horse, step back a little and see the world as many ordinary people see it. That way, you wouldn't feel the need to spew such insensitive garbage falsely couched as objective opinion, if at all you understand what objectivity is about.

Ganga wondering what a "real job" is! more than 2 years ago

get real polices

Katherine's comments are insensitive (agreed). The real issue is the failure of German government to implement change, incentives and reforms. A number of social democracies, similar to Germany, realised that excessively taxing the middle class (to pay for social welfare programs) wasn't the answer - it just creates a wider sphere of entrenched poverty and working-poor. With government incentives/benefits to stay poor, removing all incentives for the middle class through excessive taxation simply results in a 3-tier system (1) very poor (2) moderately poor middle class (3) very wealthy. Keeping the majority poor isn't the answer.

Markus more than 2 years ago

who pays?

Tenants in Berlin benefit from some of the strongest regulatory protections in the world. The expectation that private property owners can continuously subsidise low rents at a loss (and be required to maintain properties - also under regulation) isn't sustainable either. Furthermore, it can be almost impossible for owners to sell and/or re-lease a property once tenants have lived there beyond a certain point. If the laws remain balanced in favour of tenants (as they most definitely are), don't expect private owners to foot the bill for people still expecting to live in 120 m2+ apartments in central Berlin at ridiculously low prices forever. The days of living in palatial sized apartments at laughably low rents can't (and won't) last.

Markus more than 2 years ago

rent and ownership

I see the problem for those who consider themselves vulnerable (or those, who ExBerliner readership considers to be vulnerable for that matter ) in the nature of their property relationship. Renting the apartment for 20,30, more years, to some people looks like a more decent alternative than to get a mortgage and pay to eventually own the apartment . mortage , let me point out, requires certain obligations, like steady job and a certain degree of stability, to which many do not want to commit (because they are free spirit or bla bla ).
I am still waiting for the times when people who cant accept a personal responsibility will stop blaming the government /expats/ new yorkers and do something to better off their lives.

Ann more than 2 years ago


And I am still waiting for those expats who come to Germany to explain to us that everybody should have a mortgage because that is what responsible people to to go home and let me rent in peace. I have a very stable job, thank you, and still prefer to rent. The building I live in will luckily never be for sale to the likes of you, thanks to a Genossenschaft founded over 100 years ago.

Brit more than 2 years ago

free spirit renters

or bla bla... 57 percent of germans rent their homes.

or bla bla more than 2 years ago

Yes, tolerance

Thanks Nick for the comment. and you're right.

Katharine, you said it right there in the first sentence: "Coming from New York" - You come from the mecca of capitalism, and from a nation and culture that praises people who work hard towards a certain level of self-gratitude having achieved 'something'. It runs with the attitude of "You want Healthcare? Work your ass off for it" or "You want to avoid getting evicted because your landlord renovated your building and a Whole Foods shop opened on the ground floor, spiking the rent? Then get an extra job, work harder and pay the extra rent costs."

There's no mercy. It's a culture of aestheticised organic garbage. You can't tell people what is and what isn't a job. And you can't just force populations to move out of of entire neighbourhoods because you're cleaning up the city. All you're doing is creating a new city that's doomed to be overprotected because the people you kicked out live in slums (such as the ones just North of your pretty little Manhattan) and they're very close by - and angry.

Abraham more than 2 years ago

Ok, rents are going up. Und?

Coming from New York, having live there for 20 years, I've seen rents go up exponentially. And you know what that did? I got the drunkards, those who have kein bock auf arbeiten, out of the city - because they simply couldn't afford it.

Get off your hipster high horse, get a real job (that's not in "media" or "freelance kunstler" bereich) and stop complaining about rents going up. Berlin won't stay a kinder party city forever.

Katharine more than 2 years ago


Perhaps Katharine you'd like those rents to rise even further to push even more vulnerable people out of your clean little city utopia. Then maybe you wouldn't have any drunks, disabled people or poor shabby looking old people cluttering up you tidy money stuffed streets.
Perhaps then when you grow tired of those out of town grotty suburbs we can move these people on again to some camps far away in the woods. And maybe after that you can complete your solution to these less than people ruining your perfect little world. Lets hope not though eh.

Nick more than 2 years ago


@Katharine, should all those drunks and disabled people sent out to camps in the outside the city so you can live your shitty-boring-spiezig-life without seeing all those miserable people (uhhmm sounds familiar..). Berlin was like this before your ass moved from southern Germany to Berlin. So if you want to live that life just fuck off Munich or Stuttgart.

Juan more than 2 years ago

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