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Landlords demand Horst Seehofer’s resignation

The landlords are furious: Because of the higher participation of the landlords in the CO2 costs, the lobby association Haus und Grund is now boiling over: You can find clear words for building minister Horst Seehofer.

Because of the planned additional burden for landlords in terms of CO2 price costs, the owner association Haus & Grund has asked Federal Building Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) to resign. In an interview with “Bild” (Monday), association president Kai Warnecke said that the planned half participation of landlords in the costs of the CO2 price was unacceptable.

Seehofer is “the worst building minister the Federal Republic has ever had. I call on CSU party chairman Söder to immediately withdraw Minister Seehofer from the cabinet,” said Warnecke.

Last Wednesday, as a measure for the amended Climate Protection Act, the federal government decided that landlords should in future assume half of the additional costs that arise in the context of leases due to the CO2 price on oil and gas that has been in effect since January 1. The price of currently 25 euros per tonne of CO2 has made refueling and heating in Germany more expensive since then.

Merkel and Seehofer as the supposed downfall of the CDU

For a long time there was disagreement in the grand coalition about how the costs should be divided between landlords and tenants in the future. According to the previously applicable regulation, landlords can pass the costs on to tenants in full. Federal Building Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) described the agreement on the 50/50 solution at the CO2 price as a “success”. In order to come into force, it still has to be enshrined in law.

In an interview with “Bild”, the owners’ association Haus & Grund asked the CDU / CSU parliamentary group to stop the project in the parliamentary process. “Now the parliamentary group has to decide whether it will go under with Merkel and Seehofer – or whether it will resist and make both what they have actually been for a long time: lame ducks,” explained Warnecke.


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