At its meeting held on 18 June 2019, the Berlin Senate approved the key elements of a new Berlin law on residential rents, including the so-called "rent freeze" as its main feature. On this basis, the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing presented a draft bill entitled the "Act on Limiting Rents on Berlin’s Residential Market" (Gesetz zur Mietenbegrenzung im Wohnungswesen in Berlin) on 30 August 2019. The cornerstones of the draft bill were the "rent freeze" (i.e. freezing the rents at their current rate for a period of five years) and the prescription of a rent cap. In light of the in some cases harsh criticism which the draft bill attracted, the Berlin Senate agreed a compromise in respect of the "rent freeze" in October 2019 and resolved to submit the corresponding draft legislation (Act for Redrafting Statutory Requirements on Rent Limits - the Rent Act) to Berlin's House of Representatives.