REALWorld Law

Sale and purchase

Expropriation/compulsory purchase

Is expropriation (compulsory purchase) possible in this country?



Expropriation is possible but only where specific legislation or an ordinance related to that legislation permits it. Expropriation is only allowed when it is necessary in the public interest. The state must pay compensation to the relevant party.

In Berlin, some political parties are discussing the expropriation of housing space due to constantly rising rents. However, due to constitutional concerns and the recently passed rent cap, expropriation is very unlikely.