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Berlin – A German court ruled today that a landlord who likes to sunbathe naked in the yard of his building is not a reason for tenants to have a reduced rent. As the court in Frankfurt stated, people would also have to lean far out of the window to see the naked landlord. The British newspaper The Guardian reported on the curious case.
The case concerned a building in a luxury residential area in Frankfurt, which also houses a floor for offices leased to a human resources management company. The company refused to pay the rent because, among other things, it objected to the landlord sunbathing naked. In response, the landlord sued the company.
The Frankfurt court today rejected the company's objections, saying that “the usability of the rented property was not impaired by the fact that the plaintiff was sunbathing naked in the yard”. In his statement, he said that he did not see an “inadmissible, deliberately inappropriate influence on the property”.
The place where the landlord was sunbathing was also visible from the rented office only when a person leaned far out of the window, the court added . The tenant also did not prove that the landlord walked up the stairs to the yard unclothed. “On the contrary, the plaintiff testified that he always wore a bathrobe, which he only took off close to the deckchair,” said the German court.