Germany confiscating homes for migrants

Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage — one that has been acutely exacerbated by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow more than two million migrants into the country in recent years.
City officials have been seizing commercial properties and converting them into migrant shelters since late 2015, when Merkel opened German borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Now, however, the city is expropriating residential property units owned by private citizens.
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6 Responses to Germany confiscating homes for migrants

  1. Mighty Mouse says:

    There are two parts to the article:

    1). Anti-slumlord laws: Taking over derelict properties happens all over. What is interesting is the German system for this lets the slumlord keep title. Stateside often they lose title when a government has to step in. In many ways the slumlord wins as the properties are fixed, tenanted, rents paid and they don’t have to do anything. The German law says the government “may” charge back the costs but it happens so seldom who knows what happens.

    2). Immigrant Tenancy: This reads awful in print, but perhaps these derelict properties are already in the immigrant quarter? Since the government is paying the bill to make the units habitable, and paying (either directly or indirectly) the rent costs, why shouldn’t the government pick who they accommodate?

    One last thought – how do you feel about this story if you were to learn the slumlord was also an immigrant? (Hint, Hint)

  2. Doonhamer says:

    Truly we in Europe are fucked.
    As the previous commenter has hinted having a bunch of ne’erdowells living next door will (a) reduce your property value drastically, (b) encourage you to give up and move out and (c) leave an opportunity for some fellow, but richer, ne’er do well to buy your home and let it out,ten to a room, possibly hot-bedding (you ex-naval guys will understand). Fro

    • truthzzzz says:

      The intentional driving down of value has already been going on in the US. Detroit has experienced the intentional cleansing of neighborhoods of non Muslims.
      Conquest is their culture.

  3. Kenny the Scot says:

    And the Soviets didn’t just destroy previous certainties, such as the security of currency – they swept away the whole concept of ownership of personal property. Red Army soldiers, looking for somewhere to live, merely walked down a street until they saw a house they liked, and then banged on the door and announced they were moving in. The first that Anna Levitska and her family knew about the appropriation of their comfortable villa in the suburbs of Lwów was when two Red Army officers appeared on their doorstep and announced: ‘We are going to be billeted with you.’

    Rees, Laurence. World War Two: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West (Kindle Locations 496-501). Ebury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

  4. Bryce says:

    Sounds like its time for some Hamburg landlords to hire some Hamburg thugs to torch some vacant Hamburg properties.

  5. Shawn says:

    Yeah the infowar article is kinda full of crap to be honest. I’ve been following this for a while now, the apartments in question have been empty and abandoned for a long time now. They owners don’t want to renovate them to meet the zoning laws and also don’t want to pay to have them torn down. No where in the German news has there been the mention of fixing them up for refugees, only that the city government is taking matter into their own hand and renovate them to make them available again for rent.

    Where the German government has been making room for the refugees is in old U.S. Military Kaserne that have been closed. Bamberg and Erlangen for example.

    They have them living in the Barracks…

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