Berlin: Housing policy is on the right track – despite missing the target red-red-green

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    Ulrich Paul

Instead of 30,000 apartments, only 2021 will be completed by the year.

Instead of 30,000 apartments, only 2021 will be completed by the year. However, our author does not find that so tragic, because after all, the apartments are built in any case.


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Now it is almost official. The ambitious goal of the red-red-green coalition to build 30,000 apartments in Berlin by the end of the legislative period is not achieved. According to the current state, “only” 25,000 apartments will be ready during this time, as city development Senator Katrin Lompscher (left) said on Thursday. This is not nice, because the desperately needed apartments will not come in the promised size until 2021. But it is not a drama either, because the apartments are built in any case – they just finish a little later.

In fact, the state-owned housing companies are currently planning around 44,000 new apartments. This is a considerable size, considering that the state-owned landlords did not build any flats until a few years ago. They had to get their new construction activities going again for the moment.

That takes, as you can see now. In addition, building is made even more difficult by a large number of participants and regulatory requirements. Sometimes it is contradictions or complaints from local residents, then it is delays in the development of zoning plans or requirements for environmental and species protection, which lead to delays.

Housing policy basically on the right path

Apparently, the SPD, the Left and the Greens underestimated the problems when they set the goal of 30,000 homes in the coalition agreement. But one thing is clear: the housing policy is basically on the right track. This includes increasing the number of state-owned apartments and protecting tenants as much as possible from excessive demands and crowding.