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Parliament wants to promote with 250 million affordable housing

The people's initiative "More affordable housing" is in Parliament, not a majority. The non-profit housing benefits but still. A framework credit of CHF 250

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Parliament wants to promote with 250 million affordable housing

The people's initiative "More affordable housing" is in Parliament, not a majority. The non-profit housing benefits but still. A framework credit of CHF 250 million in the next ten years, the price of affordable housing.

According to the national Council has adopted on Monday, the Council of States of the indirect counter-proposal of the Federal Council, and thus a middle ground taken. The increase in funding for the Fonds de Roulement should take the Initiative of the tenants Association of the Wind out of the sails. The increase in the Federal funds enters into force as soon as the people have been withdrawn initiative or rejected.

The petition demands that the Federal government, in cooperation with the cantons, the supply of affordable rental housing. At least 10 percent of newly built apartments would have to be in the ownership of carriers of the non-profit housing. The goal is to be achieved, among other things, with pre-emption right for the cantons and municipalities.

the Undisputed value of the Fund

The Initiative goes to the small chamber. The previous market-oriented housing policy of the Federal government have proven to be and will be merged with the replenishment of the Fonds de Roulement, said Pirmin Bischof (CVP/SO), on behalf of the Commission.

the Initiative, promoted only SP and Green. Paul Rechsteiner (SP/SG) noted that part of the population is faced in addition to the steady increase in health insurance premiums, even with the steady increase in the rental rates. It should not be that, in future, only people with large incomes live in the city.

economy Minister, Guy Parmelin again the well-known attitude of the Federal Council's repeated in the Council of States. The demands of the Initiative were unrealistic, and the costs are too high, he said. The apartment seekers were in need of support. The Fonds de Roulement was the appropriate Instrument.

The truth lies in the middle

The Fund for the public housing has existed for decades. Thus, housing cooperatives low-interest loans can be granted. The increase will allow it, the promotion in the current scope.

Ständerat Roberto Zanetti (SP/SO) spoke of a "blessing of the establishment". He pleaded for a greater increase of the Fund by a further 125 million francs, convinced with this idea but apart from his party colleagues, anyone.

Philipp Müller (FDP/AG) was looking for with his request to the other Extreme and wanted to to increase. The Fund is a risk, he warned and pointed to the sureties in the merchant marine, the Federal government is now expensive.


Because Muller but could not count on all of his bourgeois fellow councillors, he remained out of the game. Even Peter hair dryer (SVP/SZ), follows, according to their own statements, rarely, to the Federal Council, pleaded for the indirect counter-proposal. "We also support the local industry", he argued.

In the total vote of the Council of States was the indirect counter-proposal, with 36 votes to 5 with 2 abstentions. The people's initiative itself, he recommends that by 31 to 12 votes for refusal. The template is ready for the final vote.

praise from owners, criticism of tenants

The Swiss homeowners ' Association (HEV) and the Association of real estate Switzerland (VIS) welcomed, in media releases, the rejection of the popular initiative by the Swiss Council of States. In view of the impending relaxation in the case of the rents, the Initiative of the tenants ' Association was "neither realistic nor in line with the market," writes the HEV.

For the VIS would go with a Yes to the Initiative, less housing on the free market and residential building activity by means of taxpayers ' money intensified. This would ultimately increase the price of the Rent on the market.

The Swiss tenants ' Association (SMV) and the Association of housing cooperatives in Switzerland (VWS) regret the rejection of the Initiative by the Council of States and talk of a missed opportunity. The Concerns of the majority of the population would not be taken seriously, said SMR President Carlo Sommaruga. And the speculation will not be addressed.

The increase of the credit facility to 250 million, while not important, but by far, to increase the share of the non-profit Housing providers and affordable apartments substantially, so Sommaruga.

Something positive, it looks VWS-President Louis Schelbert. The members of Parliament would recognise, "that there is still a need for action in the housing market". In order to increase the share of the non-profit housing, need it but both the increase of the Fund and the Initiative, so Schelbert. (sda)

Created: 11.03.2019, 19:41 PM

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