Berliner Mieterverein

Representing tenants in Berlin


The Berlin Mieterverein (Berlin Tenants’ Association) represents its members` interests in all questions concerning the lease of their accommodation. Since 1888 we have been committed to improving tenants` rights and a social housing policy. We support reasonable rents backed by legislation. We also support the development of new social and affordable housing and other urban developments, while avoiding the displacement of tenants. With more than 160,000 members the Berlin Tenants’ Association is the largest in Germany.

We have lawyers, assessors, energy consultants and other staff to support you in any disputes with your landlords.

We offer our members

  • Personal legal advice in several consulting centers throughout the city

  • Telephone advice via hotline

  • Advice by return of mail

  • Correspondence with landlords

  • Information on tenancy law on our website, flyers and the tenants’ magazine (MieterMagazin)

  • Protection insurance for tenancy law, which may pay legal costs after a three month waiting period from the start of the membership.

On 23 February 2020 an new Berlin law called the Mietendeckel (Rent Freeze), came into effect. The law is effective for a period of five years. Civil-law agreements between tenant and landlord thus are no longer valid if they go beyond the rent caps defined by public law of the federal state of Berlin.

The Mietendeckel consists of four sections: