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The housing shortage in Berlin : A Generation lost for the city

Two messages from this weekend: for The second year in a row, remains of Berlin with construction permits behind the self-set goals. In the SPD grows meanwhile, a week before the state Convention, the tendency to support the Initiative for the expropriation of large housing companies such as "Deutsche Wohnen". The mayor wants to stop them, because he fears negative consequences for the investment climate.

The behind-the-news shows how serious the situation is for the city really is. Because of the approved 24.218 apartments will probably be built only 15,000 actually realized by the rest of the almost 10000 either later or never. The building permit alone increases the value of the property, it can later be sold for profit. Other apartments are never drawn blank standing, you can be well again on the market.

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And the "Deutsche Wohnen"? You ruined the reputation of a whole industry that is too phlegmatic, to fight back against the permanent abuse of the legal possibilities for rent increases. Instead of going at a distance to the Apartment robber barons, don't understand the real estate company that the deterioration of one's own reputation populist strengthens tables currents, which make the public unease about the worsening Situation in the housing market.

an Immediate consequence is the departure of a whole Generation of young families. You still work in the city, but did not find a reasonable apartment more, and therefore live in the surrounding areas. Thus control moves but from Berlin. The years of rising state revenues will be alone for this reason, soon come to an end.

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Back settlers, coming either as students or as work-seekers to remain, their own existence will get order in the absence of qualification, not the Job.

once, in the late 90s, there was, for other reasons, a similar bloodletting in the middle Generation, for the stability of an urban society is so important. At that time, families moved out from the large housing estates like märkisches Viertel, earned too much for a residential certificate of eligibility. They settled in Brandenburg.

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remained, above all, who is dependent on state support. The social imbalance in the MV is not compensated until today. Actually, this experience should be a warning: There's not much time remains for the reversal in the housing policy.

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