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Greens want to regulate index rents


Index rents are linked to inflation. Many tenants are threatened with the next increase by the landlord "a shock," says Green Party leader Dröge and relies on a reform - the FDP has so far been against it.

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Katharina Dröge, parliamentary group leader of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

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The Greens are calling for the regulation of index rents linked to inflation.

"Index rents are a problem that we have to tackle," Katharina Dröge, co-chair of the Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag, told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

»Inflation has risen so much that it will be a shock for many renters when the increase comes.«

It goes beyond what was stipulated in the coalition agreement, "but we have to discuss with the coalition partners how we can regulate index rents," said Dröge.

That could mean, for example, that existing index leases are capped and new ones are more tightly regulated.

»We need a solution at this point.«

FDP had already rejected calls for a reform of index rents

Federal Building Minister Klara Geywitz (SPD) had previously shown herself open to capping index rents.

You could imagine linking index rents to the general rental price development or setting a cap here, too, she told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung".

But that is not in the coalition agreement, and the FDP sees no need for action, said Geywitz.

Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) had already rejected calls from the SPD for a reform of index rents in December.

According to the German Tenants' Association, more and more newly concluded leases are linked to inflation.

In larger metropolises, so-called index rents were agreed for an average of 30 percent of new contracts last year, the tenants' association said in mid-January.

For Berlin, the tenants' association assumes that even up to 70 percent of the new leases provide for indexation.

Inflation, which is relevant for index rents, reached its highest level since the founding of the Federal Republic last year.

Consumer prices rose by 7.9 percent on average over the year.


Source: spiegel

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