The commission of experts planned by the Berlin Senate on the question of the expropriation of large housing groups should not only discuss whether such a law would be constitutional. Whether an expropriation law would make economic sense should also be discussed, said Urban Development Senator Andreas Geisel. The question of constitutionality is the top priority, explained the SPD politician in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
Geisel recalled that compensation of up to 30,000 million euros would be mentioned. This money is then not available for the construction or energy renovation of the apartments. “Weighing this economically is also an additional task to the question of constitutionality.” The commission will be constituted next Tuesday and then will have a year to discuss such issues.
In the referendum on September 26, a good 59 percent of voters voted for the expropriation of real estate companies with more than 3,000 apartments in Berlin. The hope is that through this socialization in exchange for financial compensation, the increase in rents can be stopped or slowed down.
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The red-green-red Senate, which does not agree on the issue, agreed to form a commission of experts. The committee must clarify whether and how the referendum could be implemented in accordance with the constitution, and also examine the financial and housing aspects. After a year, the committee must make a recommendation to the Senate on how to proceed.
According to media reports, the commission will be made up of 13 independent personalities and will be headed by former Federal Justice Minister Herta Däubler-Gmelin (SPD). Most of the members were nominated by different Senate administrations, three members will be nominated by the “Expropriation of Deutsche Wohnen & Co.” initiative, which started the referendum.
First, the “daily” (taz) reported on Wednesday about the alleged composition of the commission. Geisel’s Senate administration had no comment. (dpa)