Hamburg is now confiscating private apartments in an effort to ease a housing shortage exacerbated by the massive migrant influx in Germany.
According to The Gatestone Institute, city officials have been seizing commercial properties and converting them into migrant shelters since late 2015, but now the city is expropriating residential property units owned by private citizen.
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Six residential units in the Hamm district have been confiscated by Hamburg authorities. The properties are owned by a private landlord and are in need of repair. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them against the will of the owner to tenants chosen by the city.
Even worse, District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said all renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.
The move is said to encourage others with vacant residences to make them available to rent.
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In 2015, the Hamburg Parliament approved a law that allowed the city to seize vacant commercial real estate to house migrants.
The law was applauded by the left. Senator Till Steffen of the Green Party said, “We are doing everything we can to ensure that the refugees are not homeless during the coming winter.”
“For this reason, we need to use vacant commercial properties,” he added.
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