Expropriation of rental sharks requires socialist agenda

The next assertion was distributed by members and supporters of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Occasion, SGP) throughout an illustration towards unaffordable rents on September 11 in Berlin.


The Socialist Equality Occasion requires a sure vote within the September 26 referendum on the socialization of the housing inventory of enormous actual property teams in Berlin. The lease craze can’t be stopped with out expropriating the rental sharks. However actual expropriation can solely be achieved within the battle towards the Social Democratic Occasion / Left Occasion / Inexperienced Senate and on the premise of a socialist program which locations the wants of the folks earlier than the pursuits of capital.

Demonstration with SGP indicators (WSWS media)

Rents within the German capital have doubled over the previous decade and the worth of undeveloped land has elevated eightfold. Actual property hypothesis has develop into one of the necessary levers for redistributing social wealth from under. As massive actual property corporations like Deutsche Wohnen and Vonovia and their shareholders reap implausible returns with out lifting a finger, the general public is being conned.

Rising rents, extreme incidentals and luxurious renovations imply hardworking folks need to spend greater than half of their revenue on lease or cannot afford an house in any respect. The human proper to housing, anchored within the United Nations Worldwide Covenant on Financial, Social and Cultural Rights, has been sacrificed to the sharks’ thirst for revenue.

Acceptance of the referendum is not going to change something. The Senate – a coalition of the SPD, the Left Occasion and the Greens – has already pointed the center finger to the folks of Berlin and made it clear that it’s going to not settle for a constructive consequence.

Within the “official communication on the referendum”, the coalition opposes the “arguments of the Senate” to the “arguments of the sponsor”, the Expropriation Initiative of Deutsche Wohnen & Co. “The referendum doesn’t have for object a draft of particular regulation, ”he notes. “If profitable, it’s due to this fact not legally binding on the Senate and the choice on the promulgation of a socialization regulation would relaxation with the Home of Representatives.”

In different phrases, as a result of the vote shouldn’t be on a particular invoice, however on a mission of the Senate to draft a invoice with clearly outlined necessities, the Senate declares the consequence “legally non-binding” and invokes the sovereignty of the Chamber of Deputies.

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