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John's landlord just upped his rent. What are his options – besides murder, that is? more

Oct 25, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion 2 Comments

Berlin is finally trying to solve its housing crisis... with ugly new buildings awkwardly crammed into hallowed historical sites. Hooray? Our urban columnist weighs in. more

Oct 2, 2017 11:30 AM Zeitgeist

With 13,000 asylum seekers still living in emergency shelters in Berlin, refugee housing might not be a popular topic, but it’s a pressing issue. more

Jun 23, 2017 4:45 PM Zeitgeist

Some David vs. Goliath stories have happy endings. This isn’t one of them. For the past three months Neukölln’s remaining anarchists faced off against a Luxembourgian corporation evicting their community space. On Jun 29 that fight will be over. more

Jun 22, 2017 11:00 AM , Zeitgeist 3 Comments

We spoke with Michael LaFond, founder of Berlin's annual Experimentdays festival for innovative housing projects (May 11-14), for the low-down on nine developments on Berlin's urban landscape. more

May 11, 2017 1:30 PM Zeitgeist 3 Comments

Junkies in the stairwell, deceitful claims, erroneous utility bills, held-back deposits: GMRE is one of the biggest and worst property management companies in Berlin. Tenants have been trying to sue, but how do you beat a British juggernaut? more

May 2, 2017 11:00 AM Zeitgeist

As agencies overstate prices for higher commissions and tenants realise the goldmine they’re sitting on, the cheap flats that once drew the world to Berlin have all but vanished. And the few great deals left come with problems of their own... more

May 2, 2017 11:00 AM Zeitgeist

Berlin’s had a ban on short-term sublets for a year now – but the likes of Airbnb and Wimdu are still bursting with holiday rentals. How come? more

May 2, 2017 11:00 AM Start-ups

Goodbye cheap flats, art studios and anarchist lairs; hello, greedy developers and real estate speculators. Our new government wants to stem the tide, but is it too little, too late? Read all about it in Exberliner's May issue, on stands now! more

Apr 27, 2017 12:00 PM Features

Over the last two years, some 75,700 people applied for asylum in Berlin. About half of them received it. Where do they live now? What does the future hold for them? more

Jan 25, 2017 3:00 PM , , Zeitgeist 1 Comments

Everybody has an opinion about Andrej Holm, but it depends a lot on what you thought about the capitalist orgy of Berlin's housing situation before. more

Jan 4, 2017 12:30 PM Opinion

Desperate people are banging on the door, begging to be let in. That's right: John is trying to rent out a room in Neukölln. more

Oct 25, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

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The former administration compound (left) is the only legally habitable building in Wiesenburg. Photo by Jason Harrell

The crumbling, 110-year-old bohemian castle Wiesenburg sits in the heart of Wedding. What's endangering the former homeless shelter turned art complex? Read this excerpt from Exberliner's Wedding issue and see it for yourself this weekend... more

Sep 7, 2016 3:07 PM Zeitgeist

You thought Berlin had a plan to get rents under control? Think again! Because of a recent court decision regarding the so-called AirBnB ban, it looks like we're on the way back to the same old shithouse. Gris explains. more

Aug 13, 2016 4:10 PM Opinion 1 Comments

Faced with the option of buying their co-op, will Spreefeld residents cross into the dark side of capitalism? more

Jun 28, 2016 1:05 AM Zeitgeist

Berlin housing woes? Experimentdays returns to champion innovative, low-cost living ideas. From May 26-Jun 3 they’ll offer a week of talks, tours and workshops around the city highlighting alternative housing solutions. more

May 23, 2016 12:30 PM Insider Tips

Berlin is supposed to be one of the best cities for protecting tenants' rights. But all the laws that do that – rent caps and Milieuschutz – are just bits of extra bureaucracy for property investors to work through. more

May 9, 2016 11:30 AM Opinion 1 Comments

The flood of refugees into Berlin has forced the city to do something about the housing shortage. more

Sep 16, 2015 3:30 PM Opinion 1 Comments

Roma colonies – originally a phenomenon confined to Neukölln – are sprouting up across Berlin as cynical speculators use Roma migrants to drive out long-term, low-rent tenants and transform their properties into top-end luxury flats. more

Aug 31, 2015 12:00 PM Zeitgeist

The big gay day in Berlin is coming. That's right, Christopher Street Day (CSD) and its alternative in Kreuzberg (KCSD) are happening Sat, Jun 27. But why limit all the fun to just one day? Here's a handy guide to queering out all year. more

Jun 19, 2015 1:00 PM , , , Zeitgeist 1 Comments

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