There is a housing crisis in Germany's big cities, which is mainly characterised and promoted by a lack of affordable housing, shrinkage of the social housing stock and, moreover, entrenchment of poverty. This particularly affects people in the low-wage sector - people receiving transfer payments, recognised refugees and single parents.
Hundreds of flats lose their social commitment every day, one flat every 12 minutes. Too few are coming back. Between 2002 and 2019, 1.2 million social housing units disappeared from the market. In addition, rents are exploding and average earners have fewer and fewer opportunities in the housing market, especially in conurbations. Suitable housing for large households, single parents and people with disabilities is often no longer available at all.
In general, countless regulations and increasing bureaucratic burdens have a deterrent effect on new construction projects. More than 20,000 different regulations paralyse potential building projects, especially for small landlords. International investment companies are entering the market and driving out private landlords as owners. The housing market is under severe pressure.
Since there is not enough affordable housing and the federal and state governments are not taking sufficient improvement measures, the Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung would like to play a part in improving the situation by providing rental flats that become available from the foundation's stock at moderate rents.