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Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage
In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district near the city center. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.
Similar expropriation measures have been proposed in Berlin, the German capital, but abandoned because they were deemed unconstitutional.
originally posted by: Raggedyman
Seems it's empty commercial properties, not homes
Now, however, the city is expropriating residential property units owned by private citizens.
originally posted by: 4N0M4LY
Don't really care since it's Germany's problem. Sucks to be them, I have no sympathy for thier stupidity. They made their bed, now they will sleep in it and get a good nights sleep.