Social housing in Germany

Social housing is the state-sponsored construction of housing, especially for social groups that cannot meet their housing needs on the free housing market. In addition to the personal conditions, which the tenants in Germany must prove with the residence permit, there is a cost rent, as stipulated in the German Housing Binding Act.

As the number of available social housing units in Germany has been drastically reduced, other possibilities for an adequate housing situation for people are now additionally being used to ensure that people have adequate housing. The self-organisation of the inhabitants plays an important role, because they may have to take care of an apartment that meets all the requirements and does not exceed the amount of the financial assistance.

The Social Housing Promotion Act regulates housing construction and other measures to support households with rented housing and the creation of owner-occupied housing for households who cannot adequately provide themselves with housing on the market. In addition to the creation of affordable housing, the acquisition of owner-occupied residential property for a wide range of population is also to …

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If you are in financial trouble, don’t be an idiot

A part of me feels bad about not having any pity for some of the people who recently had their homes repossessed. Note: I said some not ‘all’, the reality is that I agree with repossessions for people who bury their head in the sand. In many cases the person had made no payment in three or four years and avoided any contact from the lender.

How do you negotiate with a person who won’t even come to the table? Or worse yet, who refuses to acknowledge there is an issue to come to the table for! The IBF recently decided to start working with MABS on a new protocol for people in financial difficulty, we fully support such a move, and for people in mortgage arrears, or indeed any financial arrears we even wrote a guide for …

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