MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Die Linke “The law passed today does not create short-term relief and legal certainty for tradespeople, it is at best an employment program for the courts. What we need is protection against dismissal for the retail sector and a legally secure rent cut during the pandemic, “explains Caren Lay, deputy chairwoman and spokeswoman for rent policy of the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, on the law passed by the Bundestag today to further shorten the residual debt discharge procedure. Lay continues: “The law only states that the pandemic can represent a ‘disruption of the business basis’ (Section 313 BGB). As a result, this means a complicated individual examination. At best, it gives commercial tenants a better negotiating position vis-à-vis landlords. This gives tenants the opportunity to negotiate the rental price. If an agreement cannot be reached, the only option is to go to court. But while real estate companies can simply employ their legal departments, the path to court is associated with high hurdles for small retailers. Short-term relief and legal security is different. We need clear legal regulations for rent reductions like in Austria. DIE LINKE calls for a rent reduction of 30 percent in the event of a loss of income as a result of the pandemic and a reduction of 50 percent if the company has to close completely. The re-establishment of this regulation, which applied at the first lockdown, has since been prevented by the Union. The minimum would be to put this protection against dismissal back into effect now. Anyone affected by the pandemic may not be terminated! “
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