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Grunderwerbssteuer

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Germany’s Federal Cabinet has adopted the law on property tax - orGrundsteuer- reform by ‘circulation procedure’, paving the way for a discussion in the Bundestagthis week. Read more

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Bodo Winkler - Berlin Hyp AG

Berlin Hyp AG

Germany’s Pfandbrief banks have welcomed the law amendment to safeguard Pfandbrief business in the UK after Brexit, following the Bundesrat’s adoption this month of the Tax Act relating to Brexit. Read more

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Dr. Andreas Mattner

Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA)

Figures released earlier this month by Germany's Federal Statistics Office show that revenues in Germany's construction industry rose in the first 10 month of 2017 with order books remaining high, fuelling hopes that Germany's broad-based economic... Read more

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Finanzkrise

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We have reported extensively in these pages over the past few months on the so-called Wohnimmobilien-Kreditrichtlinie, or the credit-lending directives issued ultimately by the EU in Brussels, but translated into a particularly harsh form in Germany. Read more

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Mietpreisbremse

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Germany’s upper house, the Bundesrat, approved the introduction of the Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap, and an additional law – the Bestellerprinzip, or “he who orders, pays” - designed to alter the manner in which commission on real estate... Read more

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Mietpreisbremse

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The German government passed into draft law this week the infamous Mietpreisbremse, or rental cap on residential rent increases, while at the same time introducing a change to the time-honoured German system of nearly always having the tenant or... Read more

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Energy

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Germany’s Upper House of Parliament, the Bundesrat, approved and signed into law the long-awaited Energy Savings Directive (EnEV2014), which stipulates the minimum level of energy saving measures required from all new-build properties as part of... Read more

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Broker commission

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In the long-running battle in Germany to determine who should pay brokers’ commission when a property is leased or sold, the arguments have reached the upper levels of German politics, where they look like they could be stuck for a while. A draft... Read more

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The issue of who should pay brokers’ commission fees for residential lease transactions has long been a vexing question in Germany – but any real attempts to try to change the status quo have always failed. The incoming tenant ends up picking up... Read more

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Germany's Bundestag

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Germany’s Bundestag (Lower House) finally approved a series of controversial measures designed to reform the residential tenancy laws, in what has long been described by its proponents as an attempt to re-balance the power relationship... Read more

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