Lower Saxony and Bremen
Association: Energy costs put tenants in trouble
Hanover (dpa / lni) – Housing cooperatives and municipal housing companies in Lower Saxony and Bremen have expressed deep concern about the consequences of skyrocketing energy costs for tenants. With the annual declaration of additional costs, they threatened additional payment demands, which could lead many of them into economic difficulties, the director of the Association of the Housing and Real Estate Industry (vdw), Susanne Schmitt, said on Thursday. “We are very worried”.
Many families, seniors, single parents and young professionals live with the association’s socially oriented member companies, who have to make precise calculations month after month and depend on affordable rental apartments. According to the vdw, price jumps on the gas market were already over 80 percent at the beginning of 2022. The war in Ukraine greatly accelerated this development. About 55 percent of all vdw apartments are gas heated.
The association recommended that the tenants in question check as soon as possible whether they are entitled to the housing subsidy and therefore can also receive the heating cost subsidy that the federal government has initiated. “Applying for housing subsidy is nothing to be ashamed of, especially in these tough times,” Schmitt said. Housing subsidies ensure that you can stay in your family home.