Senator Katrin Lompscher is a German civil engineer and politician who has served as Senator for Urban Development and Housing in Berlin in the Senate of Governing Mayor Michael Müller since 2016. A member of The Left (Die Linke), she previously served as Senator for Health, Environment and Consumer Protection from 2006 to 2011 in the 3rd Senate of Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit, and as a member of the Abgeordnetenhaus (House of Representatives) of Berlin from 2011 until her resignation in 2017.
Power Shift: New Rent Laws in Berlin & New York
On April 2, Fellows are invited to join us for drinks and discussion with Senator Katrin Lompscher and Senator Zellnor Myrie on the political groundswell behind recent rent legislation in Berlin and New York.
Since 2009, Berlin’s skyrocketing rents have led to increased displacement for long-term tenants. In order to combat worsening housing unaffordability, the local government passed a monumental rent freeze for five years on three quarters of Berlin’s private apartments. During this time, affordable housing will be preserved while new construction by city and private developers will be exempted.
Much like the advocates for New York’s recent rent legislation, Berlin residents pressed for radical reforms to shift power to tenants. With continued pressure from organizers, Berlin’s elected officials now seek to further expand affordability through municipalization of private apartments.
Following their presentations Senator Lompscher and Senator Myrie will join Oksana Mironova to discuss: will Berlin’s price cap and New York’s tenant laws address the cities’ affordability crises? And how will the shift toward rent control in both cities shape future housing development?
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Power Shift is the sixth event for our Shape Shift series, a year-long inquiry into the current state of planning in New York City. As we approach the mayoral election cycle, the Forum will revisit historic planning shifts, survey international cities, and debate alternative approaches on ways the next mayor should shape the built environment to build a more equitable city.
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Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie is a Brooklyn native and affordable housing advocate serving the 20th Senate District. During his first legislative session, Senator Myrie served in leadership roles on several major legislative victories. Having grown up in a rent-stabilized apartment at the epicenter of the affordable housing crisis, Senator Myrie was honored to co-lead the Senate’s Housing Reform Working Group, which produced New York’s strongest affordable housing and tenant protection laws in generations.
Oksana Mironova is a housing policy analyst with the Community Service Society, where she researches and advocates for housing policies that benefit low-income New Yorkers. Her writing about affordable housing, urban planning, and public space has appeared in Urban Omnibus, Metropolitics, Shelterforce, and other publications. Oksana was born in the former Soviet Union and grew up in Brooklyn.