Berlin-based initiative calls for the expropriation of large real estate companies

In light of continued rent increases in Berlin, a radical approach has fueled the housing debate: expropriation. We talked to Ralf Schönball from Der Tagesspiegel about the initiative and how Berlin politicians are reacting.

Photo by Mollie Lemm

 

 

In light of continued rent increases and a shortage of affordable housing in Berlin, a radical approach has fueled the housing debate: expropriation. Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen, or in English, “Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co” is an initiative that aims to seize over 200,000 apartments from Berlin’s largest real estate companies. The initiative’s campaign just started this week. In order to make a referendum possible they’ll need 170,000 signatures.

We talked with Ralf Schönball from Der Tagesspiegel about the reactions from Berlin’s governing coalition and what Berliners think about the expropriation initiative.

 

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