Berlin – More than a dozen associations and initiatives from the construction and real estate industry in Berlin have spoken out in favor of a realignment in housing policy. In a letter addressed to the Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD), the members of the Senate and the top candidates of the Berlin parties, the signatories warned of further legal regulations and at the same time demanded shorter processing times for building permits and fewer building regulations.
“The discussed ban on owning homes, the abolition of building child benefits, laws such as the Berlin rent cap, expropriation debates or a recently proposed rent protection umbrella will by no means solve the tense situation on the housing market, but rather exacerbate it,” it says in the paper. In order to jointly discuss practicable solutions for the “Berlin housing problem” and to put them into practice in a binding manner, the associations and initiatives propose a “New Alliance for Building and Living in Berlin”.
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