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Tenants must fund energy saving renovation

The Local · 24 May 2012, 08:55

Published: 24 May 2012 08:55 GMT+02:00

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The changes to the German rental laws agreed on Wednesday were designed to encourage landlords to renovate their buildings to improve insulation and reduce energy use.

Now tenants will have to pay increased rent for the installation of new heating systems and other, “construction changes by which primary energy will be saved,” the law says, according to a report in the Tagesspiegel newspaper on Wednesday.

Payment of reduced rent during building works will also be limited in the future – the new law provides for this to kick in only after three months of noise and dust.

Tenants who cannot pay increased rent will be able to challenge it in court, the paper said.

Legal expert for the conservatives in parliament Jan-Marco Luczak admitted that the law would cost tenants more money.

“Global warming is in full progress and we did not set climate targets to fight that for nothing,” he said, adding that everyone must contribute to that fight.

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Rent-payers will have some additional protection where heating costs are concerned – the law says that should a commercial heating provision company be contracted for a building, the costs to tenants may not rise.

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12:18 May 24, 2012 by sanderson
Gee, this ruling won't possibly be abused by Landlords will it?
12:24 May 24, 2012 by Bushdiver
Another totally dumb German law. Why should the tenants foot the bill. They don't own the building. This law is just another plus for the owners. These idiots that pass these type of laws should certainly not be re-elected.
10:08 May 25, 2012 by Sayer
Well, even in hyper nit-picky Germany, a contract cannot be imposed on an post-facto basis. No explicit term, no signature, no deal. And that is enough to stop the work being charged to the renter. Caveat renter!
09:19 May 27, 2012 by Englishted

Why should the owners do up the buildings they don't pay the heating bill?

The German law is very pro tenant base and getting a building back for own use after renting is nearly impossible.
23:23 May 27, 2012 by narfmaster
These are the kinds of laws that keep Germany super-competitive and make it hard for those in Europe who can't afford it to keep up. It surely means less money for vacations and fun, but assures Germany's place at the economic top in the future.
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