North Rhine-Westphalia: associations: housing policy demands on black-green

There is a lack of affordable housing everywhere - and especially in urban areas.

North Rhine-Westphalia: associations: housing policy demands on black-green

There is a lack of affordable housing everywhere - and especially in urban areas. Associations in North Rhine-Westphalia hope that a possible black-green coalition will remedy the situation. In particular, the rental price brake could become important in the negotiations.

Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - After the start of the coalition negotiations in North Rhine-Westphalia, demands from associations on housing policy to the possible government of the CDU and the Greens are increasing. The German Tenants' Association of North Rhine-Westphalia wants "clearer and more direct measures" for more affordable housing. Specifically, the association proposes the establishment of a state-run housing association. The Association of the Housing and Real Estate Industry also expects the parties to keep an eye on the affordability of rents. The landlords' association Haus und Grund is calling for a reduction in the real estate transfer tax and hopes that this will be discussed in the coalition negotiations after it was not noted in the exploratory paper.

The tenants' association was disappointed with the exploratory paper, said a spokesman for the German Press Agency. "In the coalition negotiations, content must now follow that brings real approaches to change," demands Hans-Jochem Witzke, chairman of the German Tenants' Association in North Rhine-Westphalia. The tenants' association sees opportunities in the announced revision of the so-called Tenant Protection Ordinance. The association demands their nationwide validity in NRW. In addition, a restriction on the conversion of rental apartments into condominiums should be included in the regulation.

The Landlords Association Haus und Grund sees it differently. The ordinance favors tenants with high rather than those with lower incomes, which is the opposite of the goal of the Tenant Protection Ordinance and rent control, emphasizes association director Erik Uwe Amaya. "We propose that the NRW Tenant Protection Ordinance is not extended or at least that the area is not expanded."

On the other hand, the planned promotion of home ownership is welcomed. However, the association demands that the real estate transfer tax be reduced. At 6.5 percent, this is too high, which is why people often refrain from buying real estate.

Climate-friendly and at the same time socially acceptable living space is the central demand of the Association of the Housing Industry. Association director Alexander Rychter is therefore committed to the expansion of renewable energies in residential areas and would like political support measures as an answer to rising construction costs, for example.

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