German Association of Cities calls for more effective rent controls



The German Association of Cities has demanded more money from the future traffic light coalition for social housing and a more effective brake on rent increases.

Erfurt – The German Association of Cities has demanded more money from the future traffic light coalition for social housing and a more effective brake on rent increases. “That belongs in the coalition agreement Housing is becoming more and more expensive,” said the President of the City Council, Leipzig’s Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung (SPD), on Tuesday in Erfurt. The decline in social housing, on which more and more people on low incomes are dependent, should be stopped.

According to the City Council, the number of social housing in Germany fell by around 1.5 million between 2002 and 2020. To break this trend, funding would have to be increased significantly by one billion euros per year. In addition, at the beginning of its three-day general meeting in Erfurt, the Association of Cities pleaded for the cap for rent increases to be put to the test. People who still lived in cheap apartments below the local comparable rent could currently see their rent increase by up to 15 percent within three years. This cap for rent increases would have to be checked and lowered during the coalition negotiations. (dpa)


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