Berlin has approved the Mietendeckel law which limits the rent. I've been living in the current apartment for over a year. In February I received a letter from the landlord telling us to halt the previously agreed rent increase and continue paying the original rent for now, and saying that they would send the criteria letter a bit later. However, that letter never seems to have arrived.
I wonder if this is a common situation that has happened if the current rent is clearly higher than the Mietendeckel (my apartment is really small but in a central area). I guess if they send the criteria letter now, it would suggest that I should pay a much lower rent, and this would put them in an awkward position? However, it seems that by the Mietendeckel law, the landlord is allowed to continue charging the original rent until 23/11/2020. Therefore, even if there is theoretically a criteria letter that established that the new rent should be lower than the current rent, they can still demand the Mieter to pay the original rent until 23/11/2020. Is this understanding correct?
Maybe they're expecting the Bundesverfassungsgericht to overturn the law. However, I'm not sure what would happen if the decision still doesn't come out on 23/11/2020. That would seemingly cause some uncertainty in Berlin.
I'm wondering if I should simply wait until 23/11/2020 or the decision from Bundesverfassungsgericht, whichever comes earlier, before I take any action. My thought process is that, even if I do demand the criteria letter and receive it now, it doesn't really help me, since the landlord is still allowed to charge the original rent until 23/11/2020. If the law then gets overturned, it would potentially put me in an awkward position, since I don't have any intention of moving out for now.
I have bought legal insurance and my idea is that if things are still up in the air by 23/11/2020 I may contact a lawyer and demand a lower rent. I don't know if starting only then would delay things a bit.
I also have no idea how likely it is for the law to be overturned. From what I've read so far, many people do seem to think that the law will be overturned, but it's not sure when.
Or would it still make sense for me to demand this criteria letter now anyways?