Rental payment problems due to the corona crisis persist

Photo: rental apartments (via dts news agency)
Photo: rental apartments (via dts news agency)

Berlin (dts news agency) – The financial worries due to the corona crisis remain high among tenants almost two months after the rental moratorium has expired. “The situation of tenants is still tense. Around every tenth consultation that the rental associations conduct to questions about payment problems due to the corona crisis,” said Lukas Siebenkotten, President of the German Tenants’ Association, the newspapers of the Funke media group (Thursday editions).

He thinks it is likely that the bankruptcy wave expected in the autumn could worsen the situation, warned the tenant association president. In this case, the government must react quickly and set up the moratorium on dismissals. Siebenkotten also called for a “Safe Living Fund” for tenants and small landlords.

The real estate industry must also pay into this fund. “She comes through the crisis better than anyone else. This also comes with responsibility,” said Siebenkotten.

The tenant association president warned that rising unemployment as a result of the corona crisis with rising rents could also fuel old-age poverty. He does not expect the rise in rents to continue over the long term. “To say when there will be a stop or even a decline would be reading coffee grounds,” said Siebenkotten.