News Politics: With the campaign for rent controls gathering momentum from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and sympathetic pressure groups, a right wing Conservative-backing website has set out the case against.
It says: “Berliners had a miserable time at the hands of their rent cap; real estate analysis revealed it crashed supply by 41 per cent and drove demand up to 172 per cent. It also led to the phenomenon of ‘shadow rents’ where landlords and tenants would agree one rent complying with the cap, and a separate rent significantly above it, sometimes paid in cash.”
Guido Fawkes, a right wing political news site, sets out the experiences of Berlin and the Republic of Ireland to demonstrate the consequences of rent controls.
Guido Fawkes goes on to say that the cap was then ruled unconstitutional by Berlin’s courts and scrapped.
Guido Fawkes describes the rent cap concept as “insanity”.