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Source: DGB – Bundesvorstand 11/6/2020 “The home must be safe” Reintroduce special protection against dismissal from Corona for tenants! But a safe home is more important than ever right now. Politicians must ensure that nobody loses their roof over their heads because of the crisis.

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The federal government has decided to largely shut down public life from November 2nd. For many people, the associated measures mean uncertainty, reduced income and worries about the future. We are all asked to stay at home whenever possible. But a safe home is not a matter of course for many people. It was a big mistake that the federal government let the pandemic-related consumer and tenant protection regulations expire on June 30th. “The home must be safe. Millions of tenants in Germany need this signal, ”says DGB board member Stefan Körzell. “More than three million people are still on short-time work; The self-employed have a huge loss of income and the coming months will worsen the situation again. The number of those who are overburdened by their housing costs will continue to rise in 2020. However, accruing rental debts will not be allowed to bear interest, as was foreseen in the previous regulation. If payment of the outstanding rental debt by the end of 2022 is unreasonable, the tenants must be supported by subsidies. This means that landlords also have the security that they will not get stuck on the rental debt. ” for pandemic arrears. However, accruing rental debts may not – as in spring – bear interest. If payment of the outstanding rental debt by the end of 2022 is unreasonable, the tenants must be supported by grants. This means that landlords also have the security that they will not be left with the rental debts. Consumers’ right to refuse performance in the event of long-term obligations. This ensures that the supply of electricity, gas, water and telecommunications is maintained even in the event of a pandemic-related loss of income. This ensures that there are not numerous loan defaults, and positive experiences were made with these measures in the spring. They have not led to any upheavals among landlords, utilities or banks. They must be put back into force immediately and extended until the end of the pandemic. If landlords get into financial difficulties due to the lack of rent payments, they must be granted unbureaucratic access to bridging loans. In addition, it must be ensured that municipal suppliers do not get into financial difficulties or liquidity problems due to persistent payment defaults for electricity, water or gas. The public sector may have to step in. Especially with regard to the cold season, the following additional measures are required: Evictions must be suspended for the duration of the pandemic. The homeless, homeless and people in collective accommodation are particularly exposed to a particularly high health risk. It is primarily the municipalities, but also the federal and state governments, that are called upon to ensure that people are adequately accommodated and that the necessary living space can be acquired. In March, the federal government promised that no one would lose their home because of the consequences of the pandemic. This promise must be backed up with a binding legal regulation. People need the clear sign: Your home is safe, even in a crisis.

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