Baukindergeld, Mietpreisbremse and Co .: That changes when living
Tuesday, 06.02.18, written by Annabell Meyer
The coalition talks between the SPD and the Union continue. After all, the parties are now agreed on a common course for housing policy. This includes some improvements with the construction cost of children and over-spending for social housing. But there is already criticism.
SPD and Union plan some improvements in housing
- The negotiating partners of the possible Grand Coalition have decided on a new course for housing policy.
- Measures such as building costs, more money for social housing and a reform of property tax should improve the housing situation.
- However, especially with representatives of the opposition, the agreement already meets with criticism, since it does not solve any problems.
In their negotiations for the Grand Coalition (GroKo), the SPD and CDU / CSU have agreed on a common concept with which they want to improve the housing situation in Germany. One of the key issues is combating the existing housing shortage and creating more affordable housing.
Therefore, the plan of possible coalition partners that the federal government spends about two billion euros annually for social housing. With the help of the so-called Baukindergeldes more families are to be motivated to the Eigenheimerwerb. Improvements for tenants are also provided with a tightening of the rental price brake.
Issue of social housing: From 2019 more money for the municipalities
In recent years, social housing has repeatedly caused strife between the parties. While the opposition of the last federal government from the SPD and the Union accused it of not doing enough for housing construction, government representatives took the states more seriously into account. These would have to use public funds more purposefully.
Originally, it was planned in the past legislative period to support the federal states by 2019 with around 518 million euros per year. As early as 2015, however, the government decided to double spending to one billion euros a year. The reason was that the stock of social housing decreased, but the need for affordable housing has increased dramatically . For 2017 and 2018, a further increase to 1.5 billion euros was decided.
According to the plans of the SPD and the Union, the annual payment from 2019 should be increased by another 500 million euros. Without this agreement, the promotion of the federal government would be over in the coming year.
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For more building land: GroKo plans to reform the property tax
In order to push ahead with housing construction, the GroKo representatives are also planning a property tax reform. This means that municipalities may demand more taxes for unstructured land in the future . This would not only flush more money into the coffers of cities and municipalities, which could be invested in housing, explains Michael Groschek, head of the SPD in North Rhine-Westphalia. Due to the higher taxes, the owners are also required to use their land as building land instead of for land speculation.
Baukindergeld is intended to financially support young families in building houses
As a further measure, the housing policy of GroKo plans to reintroduce the so-called Baukindergeld. This gives parents who decide to build or buy a home, for each child per year 1,200 euros as a government subsidy. This is paid for a maximum of ten years and is valid for families with a taxable annual income up to 75,000 euros plus 15,000 euros free allowance.
The Baukindergeld existed in Germany already to 2006, whereby the subsidy turned out with approximately 800 euro lower. The Union has been planning a reintroduction since the 2009 general election, whereas the SPD last brought a home equity subsidy of up to 20,000 euros into the game. Now the proposal of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group has prevailed in the coalition talks. According to the negotiating partners, the costs amount to around 440 million euros per year.
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Tougher rental price brake is to relieve tenants
In addition to support in the home acquisition, the future government partners have agreed to tighten the rent brake. This was recently in the criticism, as it shows little effect. So far, the rent brake only provides that the rent may be raised on re-letting at the most on the level of the local comparative rent plus ten percent. In addition, landlords in the future to disclose the previous rent . In addition, it is planned to reduce the surcharge for modernization costs from eleven to eight percent in order to relieve tenants.
Housing policy GroKo provides enthusiasm and sharp criticism
The FDP already criticized the plans, as they would have no effect on housing construction. ” In housing, Union and SPD act as a coalition of the great brakeman : Instead of investment brakes for new buildings to solve the ineffective Mietpreisbremse be tightened, creating not a single new apartment,” said Parliamentary Director of the FDP Group, Marco Buschmann, to the Germans Press Agency. He describes the reintroduction of the Baukindergeldes as a “new bureaucratic transfer”, which would only serve to “finance a massive redistribution policy.”