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Emergency sale: what owners must consider

Difficult times call for difficult measures. Owners who find themselves in an emergency situation have the option of disposing of their property via compulsory auction or selling it as quickly as possible. An emergency sale is the better option, however. What must […]

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When you aren’t the sole heir – an unexpected “community of heirs” as defined under German law

Following the death of her uncle, Natascha P. learnt that she wasn’t the sole heir to his apartment. A probate researcher found that she had cousins who lived very far from her. She hadn’t been expecting this situation at all, as […]

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Finding an apartment to rent in Berlin

Berlin is an attractive city, with a high quality of life. ADEN IMMOBILIEN offers many rental opportunities, from single studios to large family apartments. So how can you prepare to find an apartment in Berlin? ADEN IMMOBILIEN discusses some tips to look for flats, prepare your documents, and get in touch with the landlord.

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Airbnb verdict on the Repurposing Act

Since 2014, the so-called Repurposing Act (Zweckentfremdungsgesetz) has been in force in Berlin. The aim of this legislation is to ensure that apartments are used for standard tenancies only. This is to prevent apartments from being withdrawn from the conventional rental accommodation market and to make it easier for tenants to find housing.

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Calculating the statute of limitations for capital gains

In Germany, the sale of privately owned property is generally not subject to tax. However, there are some fundamental exceptions that result in tax liabilities on the capital gains made on the sale of property belonging to private individuals. We are continually asked by our customers as to when the sale of a property or plot of land is tax-free.

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Tenants and owners: two different forms of housing, two unequal groups

Housing is a social issue. Pekka Sagner, economist for housing policy and property economics at the German Economic Institute, has analysed the difference between tenants and owners, the effects of the housing market and the different benefits and drawbacks associated with these two forms of housing.

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The future is home working

We cannot yet predict with any certainty which of the changes wrought by the pandemic will remain once it recedes from our everyday lives. One thing that is certain, however, it that working from home has fundamentally changed
the world of work as well as the way we live. Owing to the stricter pandemic regulations in May 2021, the number of people working from home increased further.

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Property ownership: different countries, different customs

The German housing market has been a hot topic of discussion for several years now. People are frustrated by, and even outraged at, the high prices and rents. For policy-makers, housing has become the social issue of our time. How do other countries deal with this? Can Germany learn from its neighbours?

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Ban on converting rental accommodation into owner-occupied apartments

The coalition government has agreed a compromise on the Building Land Mobilisation Act. This draft legislation came into force on 23 June 2021. This marked the introduction of the controversial ban on converting rental accommodation into
owner-occupied apartments in regions with a strained housing market.

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Landlord and tenant obligations in Germany

If you are currently renting out an apartment in Berlin, there are many things to know about tenant protection in rental agreements in Germany. For instance, who is responsible for paying the cleaning service in the building? Or perhaps the windows need to be changed,

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Moving into a care home – the next steps

When one’s parents or grandparents get to a stage where they require care and their own home is no longer suitable for their needs, there is often only one option remaining – moving them into a care home. […]

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