The housing associations reject the „housing summit“.

Neubaugebiet in Hannover: Neue Wohnungen sind Mangelware

New housing development in Hannover: There is a shortage of new apartments.

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Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Bauministerin Klara Geywitz (SPD) are unlikely to be pleased: The federal government has invited for a „housing summit“ at the Federal Chancellery on Monday to find solutions for the crisis in the construction and real estate industry. However, two industry associations have publicly declined to attend the „housing summit.“ The government is to blame for ignoring the industry’s needs and demands, according to the German Association of Housing and Real Estate Companies (GdW) and the property owners‘ association Haus & Grund in Berlin.

„The current situation for property owners is dire,“ said GdW President Axel Gedaschko. „However, we see that this complex situation is simply not being recognized by the government.“ Therefore, GdW will not participate in the meeting on Monday. The owner association Haus & Grund also joined in the cancellation. „We will also not participate in the housing summit,“ said association president Kai Warnecke. „Citizens are no longer able to afford homeownership,“ he criticized. „Nevertheless, nothing is being done about it.“

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Warnecke and Gedaschko pointed out, among other things, the recently passed heating law, which burdens landlords excessively and makes affordable housing options impossible. „The mood of our companies is abysmal, and our companies no longer understand why Berlin politics is not taking countermeasures,“ said Gedaschko. It is also incomprehensible why the federal government continues to adhere to the goal of constructing around 400,000 new housing units this year.

Stark gestiegene Finanzierungs- und Baukosten haben den Neubau in Deutschland massiv ausgebremst. Vor wenigen Tagen hatte etwa der Immobilienkonzern Vonovia mitgeteilt, Zehntausende geplante Bauvorhaben lägen derzeit auf Eis. Nach Analyse des Finanzierungsvermittlers Interhyp begraben derzeit auch Bürgerinnen und Bürger scharenweise ihren Traum vom eigenen Haus.