Finding out who you are paying your rent to isn’t always easy in a city like Berlin. The people who run “Syndikat,” a small bar in the southern district of Neukölln, found out the hard way. In September 2018, a letter arrived from a property management firm saying that the rental contract would not be renewed and that by the end of the year, the bar’s tenants must hand back the keys. Today (August 7, 2020), nearly two years since that first notice, the bar is to be finally cleared out and the tenants evicted. It’s been quite a journey to this point. Syndikat has been operating from the ground floor of “Weisestrasse 56” since 1985. It’s a popular place. After 35 years, it has deep roots within the neighborhood. The collective that runs it has aligned itself over the years with various left-wing movements and causes. When the eviction notice landed, Syndikat didn’t know who their landlord was and it wasn’t easy to find out. The letter from the property management firm mentioned it was acting on behalf of a group called Firman Properties, but finding out who they were took quite a bit of work. They eventually established that Firman… Read full this story
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