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Meet Josi!

Josi is our newest team member, she is supporting the office & consultant team as a Werkstudentin (Student Trainee).

Josi in her own words: I live for art and design and which is what I do all day long. I am also studying for my Bachelor in Media Design here in Berlin and supporting IRC with my all intuition and skills. I am having a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to seeing what tasks await me in this new position!

 

We want to keep you updated on the current (25.05.2020) status of Corona rules in Berlin. Although there has been a significant loosening of the lock-down rules, many important rules are still in place to stop the spread of Covid 19.

Masks are required in all shops and supermarkets and on public transport at all times.

Social Distancing and keeping all contacts to a minimum are still in place, at the moment this will be reviewed on the 05.05.2020. You may meet with people from up to two households while keeping social distancing rules. Large gatherings are forbidden, this excludes demonstrations up to 100 people and church services up to 50 people. BBQs in the park is forbidden.

Clubs, Theatres and Cinemas are still closed. The only exception is drive-in Cinemas.

Sport is allowed in groups up to 8 people, social distancing must be adhered to at all times. Fitness/Yoga studios remain closed, this will be reviewed at the end of May, 2020.

(Source: https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/immer-mehr-corona-lockerungen-was-ist-in-berlin-eigentlich-noch-verboten/25856090.html)

Face masks become mandatory from the 27.04 on public transport in Berlin and they are highly recommended for use while shopping. Most of Germanys 16 States have implemented similar requirements. Although masks do not replace social distancing and hygiene, they can help to stop the spread of droplets and are therefore recommended. We want to help you to find a mask for you!

Here are some options for procuring masks for personal use.

Order online:

Von Jungfeld – Cotton masks plain/statement pieces, you can also buy one donate one. *non-medical

Oderso – Polypropylen, 5 or 10 pack of masks for a fair price of 12€ or 22€ *non-medical

Sew a mask yourself:

nebenan.de instructions *non-medical

youtube tutorial sewing *non-medical

youtube upcycle an old t-shirt, no sew *non-medical

While we are all staying home and doing our part to flatten the curve there is a great way to still support local food businesses with shopping and or having a lovely meal delivered. We can’t list everyone, but these are our pick of the week!

Humble Pie & Fräulein Kimchi are delivering meals straight to your door – check out their offer on Facebook or sign up for their newsletter to get the weekly update.

Chicago Williams BBQ – pick-up from 12pm to 9pm daily – see Facebook page for menu and details.

Fine Bagels – Books & Bagels, offering reading material and snacks. Pick-up or delivery from 12€, see their website for more details.

Salami Social Club – making fine Pizza, pick-up through the window at the store or delivery through Lieferando. Check out their website for more details.

Barcomis – Cake, coffee, baked goods. Pick-up and delivery possible, also an awesome possibility to support the fabulous staff in hospitals by ordering a ‚Krankenhaus Kraft Paket‚ for 25€ which will be delivered to the hospitals. See the website.

Wirtshaus an der Rehwiese – Warm meals delivered daily from 12pm to 9pm in Nikolassee/Wannsee. See their website for more details.

For more options please see: https://www.tip-berlin.de/12-tipps-fuer-gute-lebensmittel-in-berlin-von-wochenmarkt-bis-lieferdienst/?fbclid=IwAR1B1jwaCERvLy_ARDOJ_zw3Cg8b-bozCPvYzW09SHyKDJuxXo8kxuS9RnQ

Meet Sabina!

Sabina Heyn is an Account Manager and Relocation Consultant at IRC. She has been with IRC since 2017 and working with Assignees to start life in their new hometown of Berlin.

In her own words – I am a native German, has been living in Berlin since 1978. Throughout the course of my career as a flight attendant, she has had the chance to travel all over the world. She spent an extensive amount of time in the U.S.A. as well as Indonesia. It is through my travels and my work experience in an international environment that I have developed my intercultural sensitivity. My intercultural competence has been deepened further by specific intercultural training.

Favourite Place in Berlin – Wannsee and all other green neighbourhoods.

A great place to eat in BerlinAux delices Normands (great french cakes, tarts, coffee and bread), usually very nice locations, several branches in Berlin.

A hidden gem in BerlinMutter Fourage, a beautiful cafe and organic shop located in the lake district of Wannsee.

Best day trip from BerlinSpreewald, a really unique area with forests and canals around 2 hours outside of Berlin (South East).

In June 2019 the Mietendeckel (Rent Control) Law came into force. We would like to provide you with a basic overview of the current situation and some links to further articles by local providers.

From when does it apply – The law will then be applied retroactively from June 18th, 2019, which means that any recent rental increases may be deemed as not valid.

Which apartments does it apply to – Apartments built before 2014. This does not apply to newly-built apartments that were ready to be occupied as of January 1, 2014 or social housing. Also not affected are living spaces which were previously uninhabitable or uninhabited – newly built attics, for example.

How should this be handled by tenants? – Tenants are being asked to comply with the law, check rent from June 2019 and then lower your payment – if there is an issue with the landlord, contact authorities. Estimated, one in six Berliner is eligible. It is, however, advisable to SAVE the extra rent money just in case this law is found to be illegal in the coming months and so that you stay on the safe side.

The major impact will be on new contracts, 9 out of 10 advertised flats will be offered at lower prices. Fines for landlords who do not comply can be up to half a million euros.

For more articles on the subject see:

Deutsche Welle: https://www.dw.com/en/germany-berlin-parliament-passes-five-year-rent-freeze/a-52210612

KCRW Berlin: https://kcrwberlin.com/2020/01/in-brief-berlin-passes-the-first-rent-cap-law-in-germany/

The Local.de: https://www.thelocal.de/20200313/berlin-regional-court-considers-rent-price-caps-to-be-unconstitutional

About the author

Hi there! I’m Juli, German roots but I grew up in New Zealand and have been living in Germany since 2004. I love sharing my passion for Berlin and all it has to offer with new ‚Berliners‘ and through my work as a freelance Relocation Consultant with IRC I have the opportunity to do so.

If you want to hear a good overview/discussion on the ‚Mietendeckel‘ Rent Control/Rent Freeze which came into effect on the 01.03.2020 – then listen in to this KCRW Podcast: HOW WILL THE ‘MIETENDECKEL’ AFFECT BERLIN RENTERS AND LANDLORDS?

104,1 FM Berlin’s English Language Public Radio Station.

(Source: https://kcrwberlin.com/2020/02/studio-berlin-broadcast-february-29-2020-rent-control-in-berlin/ )

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