Tuesday, February 27

FDP politician puts the brakes on the right of first refusal on the housing market

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The chairwoman of the building committee in the Bundestag, Sandra Weeser, considers plans to reorganize the municipal right of first refusal in the housing market to be over-hasty. First of all, the traffic light government must check what scientifically proven advantages such a regulation has for the citizens, said the FDP politician to the German Press Agency. In the coalition agreement, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP only gave each other a test assignment. Construction Minister Klara Geywitz (SPD) and her State Secretary Cansel Kiziltepe had recently promised a speedy solution to give municipalities more opportunities to protect tenants again.

Weeser is stepping on the brakes here: “Before a draft law on a stricter municipal right of first refusal can be discussed, we in the coalition still have to clarify fundamental questions,” she emphasized. A new right of first refusal must not only be legally secure, but also offer protection against abuse and overburdening municipal finances.

Last year, the Federal Administrative Court overturned the practice in many large cities of intervening in the sale of land or houses in environmental protection areas and buying them yourself. The municipalities wanted to prevent tenants from being squeezed out by rent increases or conversion to condominiums. The court ruled that there could be no presumption that the other buyer could oust the tenants. Weeser emphasized that the federal government had only agreed to examine whether this decision required legislative action./tam/DP/nas