DIW misunderstands Berlin housing policy

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A great proposal

The DIW in Berlin has yesterday in a press release An outstanding concept was put into the room: the state could promote the hire purchase and thus pave the way for income-poor families into their own four walls. The cost of the state was kept in check, the monthly burdens on tenants were about what they would otherwise pay for rent, and over time tenants would become owners.

This idea is based on a misunderstood goal of state housing policy.

If one assumes that the policy wants to help tenants to build property, that's a great idea. Nothing would be more damaging to the current Berlin coalition. The Left sees itself as the party of low-income and socially disadvantaged, SPD and Greens also. The Berlin Senate needs social abuses so that he has a clientele. He therefore can not have an interest in remedying social ills. On the contrary, an aggravation of social ills increases his electoral potential.

Especially the low-income families, to whom the DIW would like to help, should not, in any case, get out of their precarious situation out of a properly understood senate interest. A bourgeoisification of Berlin through property formation would bring about a corresponding change in voter preferences. This must be prevented in any case and by all means.

That's exactly what's happening right now.

The Berlin housing policy pursues the opposite goal: not create property, but abolish property.

It is no different to understand that

  • the policy by designating dozens of new ones Environment protection areas specifically prevented the formation of residential property in Berlin in recent years,
  • the policy for Berlin maintains a land transfer tax of 6% so that most residents lack equity for the ancillary costs of a purchase,
  • the Senate actively prevented the emergence of well-paid new jobs (for example, Google, see here ),
  • the policy occupies the construction offices insufficient, so that construction-willing investors complain that the approval process take so longthat planned projects are no longer profitable,
  • the senate the initiatives of the FDP to vacant lots closure and loft conversions does not take up,
  • the senate the state funds for the Purchase of existing rental apartments uses instead of new construction,
  • the Senate the current expropriation debate instead of clearly distancing oneself from it (which Invesoren disdains) and
  • the Senate is planning a rental cover of any new construction of rental housing brings to a halt (and also investors disgusted).

With properly understood objectives, Berlin's housing policy is extremely successful.

If one assumes that the Berlin housing problem should be alleviated, one must grasp the current Senate policy as failure on the whole line (so for example Kai Wegner on the Website of the CDU Spandau).

If, on the other hand, one assumes that the objective is a vote against the current Senate occupation, the picture is different. Here, the state policy seems to me quite successful. So, my applause: everything done right!