In the event of a continuation of the red-green-red coalition, the circle of the Berlin Left Party is calling for a law on the expropriation of housing groups by mid-2024. Eleven Left Party district chairmen have submitted a corresponding application. He is to be advised at a special party conference on Friday.
"The implementation of the referendum is an important point for us on which we have to make progress," said a supporter of the application, who wished to remain anonymous, the dpa news agency. After all, the question of housing and rent is probably the most important question for people in Berlin, and the socialization of apartments is of central importance. The application should serve as a "guideline" for any coalition negotiations between the left and the SPD and the Greens. "A large majority of the party is behind it."
The “Tagesspiegel” had previously reported on the advance. The application, which the dpa has received, states that the draft law and its vote in the House of Representatives by mid-2024 at the latest as well as a timetable for the implementation of socialization must be recorded in the new coalition agreement.
The co-chair of the Treptow-Köpenick district association, Moritz Warnke, and the co-chair of the Berlin-Mitte district association, Martha Kleedörfer, said that the implementation of the referendum was a key issue for many members. The socialization is a central building block in order to stop the rental price development in Berlin and to reverse it in the future. "We expect the SPD and the Greens to make a clear commitment to developing and voting on a socialization law by 2024 at the latest."
It is a democratic duty that the referendum is now implemented. "With the corresponding application for the special state party conference, we want to strengthen our top candidate Klaus Lederer and our state chairman Katina Schubert."
The successful referendum on the expropriation of large housing companies in 2021 is considered a hurdle in the current exploratory talks. It is a sensitive issue within the red-green-red coalition. The left has supported the project from the start, the governing mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) repeatedly expressed doubts about it. The Greens are more for it.
After the election in September 2021, the red-green-red Senate set up an independent commission of experts to examine the feasibility of an expropriation law and present its final report in the spring. The issue is also a point of contention in the exploratory talks between the CDU and the Greens.
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