There is a housing shortage in cities.
To counteract this, Federal Building Minister Geywitz wants to make moving to the country more attractive.
Public transport and digitization are to be expanded for this purpose.
Berlin – Living space is scarce in German cities, and the trend is rising.
In order to alleviate the acute housing shortage, Federal Building Minister Klara Geywitz (SPD) wants to motivate more people to move to the country.
To this end, it has taken the first steps to make cities and municipalities outside of metropolitan areas more attractive.
Housing shortage: 1.7 million vacant apartments, mostly in rural areas
The aim is to make life in the country more attractive for more people.
“There are an estimated 1.7 million vacant apartments in Germany.
The majority of these apartments are in rural areas," said the SPD politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group on Wednesday.
In order to relieve the housing market in the cities, life in the country must be made more attractive.
So more people would decide to move.
"In 2023 alone, we will provide another 790 million euros to finance projects to preserve inner cities and town centers and to make cities and communities more liveable," said Geywitz.
To this end, she had already signed an administrative agreement on urban development funding on Tuesday.
In addition, an improvement in local public transport is in sight with the upcoming Deutschlandticket.
So that life in the country and professional life do not collide, more digitization and home office are also necessary.
Expansion of public transport and home office should make life in the country more attractive.
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Housing shortage: Public transport and home office should make life in the country more attractive
the Association of Towns and Municipalities had previously recommended moving to the countryside to alleviate the housing shortage in the metropolises.
General manager Gerd Landsberg informed the Funke media group that "over 1.3 million marketable apartments, especially in rural areas, are empty." It makes sense to better develop these regions with good transport connections - for example through new or reactivated railway lines.
This means that more people can live well and cheaply in the countryside.
"Unfortunately, with the call for ever cheaper rents or even the nationalization of housing associations, we are not getting any closer to our goal," said Landsberg.
Residential construction: 400,000 new apartments per year "hardly attainable"
The federal government's plan is to build 400,000 new homes every year.
"I want us to manage to ensure good, affordable and climate-friendly housing in a liveable environment in Germany.
I would also like us to provide enough housing.
Apartments that meet demographic and digital requirements.
But also apartments that meet ecological standards,” said Geywitz about the project.
Town and community leader Landsberg considers the goal to be “barely achievable.” There is a lack of land and specialist companies to construct the buildings.
Construction prices have risen significantly and rising interest rates are making financing even more difficult.
The increasing demands for energy-related renovation are also delaying the implementation of the construction goal.
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