Apartments in Berlin: Coalition misses target – 5000 apartments will not finish

Berlin misses its own goals
:Why 5000 dwellings do not finish in time

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    Ulrich Paul

Instead of the planned 30,000 apartments, only 25,000 will be completed by 2021.

Instead of the planned 30,000 apartments, only 25,000 will be completed by 2021. Another problem is the construction of condominiums, such arise in Prenzlauer Berg.


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The red-red-green coalition in Berlin will not reach its ambitious goals in housing construction. Instead of the planned 30,000 apartments, which should be built by the state-owned housing companies until the year 2021, according to the current state, only about 25,000 finished in time.

That said city development Senator Katrin Lompscher (left) on Thursday at its annual press conference. “It’s not very nice that we stay under 30,000,” said Lompscher. However, the coalition at its launch in late 2016, the preparation level “simply overestimated”. Many housing projects are very complex and took longer than originally planned. Among other things, because the building rights in the districts are not created as fast as the companies had assumed in their project planning. But it is clear that the apartments will be built, said Lompscher. The completion is only postponed. Currently, the state-owned landlord plans to build 44,000 apartments.

Last year, the six state-owned housing companies completed 2,937 apartments in Berlin, which is said to be 4942 this year. How many apartments were built in Berlin as a whole, so how many were built by private builders and cooperatives in addition to the state-owned companies, is not yet known. The numbers will be published later by the Office of Statistics. But it is clear that the state-owned companies only build a small part of the apartments in Berlin.

Cooperative Commissioner is to be appointed until 25 February

In addition to the new building, the state-owned companies increase the number of apartments through the purchase of real estate. According to Lompscher, 3,746 apartments were added in 2018. When it comes to acquisitions, the coalition is on schedule. 10,000 apartments are to be acquired by 2021 – 7861 have been purchased so far. Lompscher emphasized that she relies on cooperation with private persons in the new building. For example, the Pepitahfe in Spandau with about 1,000 apartments were built by a private entrepreneur for the two state-owned companies Degewo and Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Mitte (WBM). The cooperatives also wanted to support the Senate. In the meantime, 21 state-owned building plots have been identified, which are to be made available to the cooperatives for new housing construction.

By 25 February, a cooperative commissioner will be appointed to serve as a contact for the cooperatives. Lompscher also wants to accelerate the new building through a cross-departmental task force, in which the districts are also represented. “The task force has been established, the work has started,” she said. It is also to be examined what potential exists for the construction areas already identified for a total of around 200,000 apartments by the year 2030. You also look at public parking. It is also being examined to what extent state-owned land in the city is suitable for new construction. At an authority-internal city construction conference with all districts on 18 February is to be spoken over challenges and chances of the growing city.

At the federal level, the Senate will continue to advocate that the rights of tenants be strengthened, so Lompscher. So Berlin wants to apply at the special Bauministerkonferenz on February 22, that the property tax may not be passed on the operating costs on the rent, but must be paid by the homeowner. Berlin also wants to abolish the scheme that allows homeowners in protected areas to convert condominiums into condominiums if the owners agree to sell the apartments only to tenants for seven years.


Kathrin Schneider (SPD, lr), Minister of Transport of Brandenburg, Dietmar Woidke (SPD, l), Prime Minister of Brandenburg, Michael Mller (SPD), Governing Mayor of Berlin, and Katrin Lompscher (The Left), city development Senator, give a press conference.


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“I appeal to the social responsibility of homeowners”

The cost estimate for the financial consequences should be available “shortly” in an attempt to expropriate Deutsche Wohnen, according to Lompscher. The senator said she understood the concern to make it clear that homeowners have a social responsibility. When asked if such a responsibility at Deutsche Wohnen was given, avoided Lompscher.

“Some say so, others say so,” she replied. And added: “I appeal to the social responsibility of homeowners and say, all legally permissible ways to avoid unsustainable housing costs, of course, find my support.” CDU and FDP criticized the failure of the new building goals. The CDU put Lompscher near the resignation.