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Habitat for People

#regulateProperty: The Need for Human Rights-driven Real Estate Regulation and Market Alternatives

Since the beginning of the year the “International Working Group for the Promotion of Market Regulation and Market Alternatives at Habitat III” has tried to advocate for an inclusion of socially grounded regulations of markets that stop the speculation and treat housing, land and mortgage as goods for people and not for profit. This […]

CALLS

Statement at Habitat III plenary

Statement by MieterInnenverein Witten (Witten Tenants Assoc.) on behalf of the “International Working Group for the Regulation of Real Estate Markets and Market Alternatives” to the Habitat III Plenary 20th Oct. 2016

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CALLS

International Workshops in Berlin: Housing – human right or financial asset?

Within the frame of the conference „Ways to affordable Housing“ of the German Network Renting & Housing, Sept. 16 & 17 in Berlin, Humboldt University <GERMAN PROGRAM HERE> housing right internationalists are organizing workshops dealing with critical views on Habitat III and political proposals for the regulation of financialized real estate corporations.

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Habitat for People

Message to Surabaya: Positive commitments of Habitat III will remain wishful thinking

Members of the “international working group for the promotion of market regulation and market alternatives at Habitat III” have reminded the currently ongoing prepcom in Surabaya, that the new draft of the “New Urban Agenda” still is totally is ignoring the economic frames of the global housing crisis. “Without addressing the global economic frames […]

Anti-Mipim

Financialization of Mass Rental Housing in Germany: Understanding the Transaction Cycles in the Mass Rental Housing Sector 1999–2015

in:Barbara Schönig | Sebastian Schipper (Eds.): Urban Austerity: Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis on Cities in Europe, Verlag Theater der Zeit 2016

1. Introduction In Germany, since 1999, more than three million rental housing units have been traded in the context of large‐scale transactions. Sales to “financial investors” played a dominant role among […]

Habitat for People

Statement on the “Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda”

for the informal hearings of stakeholders June 6 – 8 in New York

The signatories of this statement are among the authors of the open letter dated 31 January 2016: “Make social regulation of real estate markets an issue at Habitat III”. Most of the positions expressed in the following have been discussed among […]

Habitat for People

German NGOs miss commitment to human rights in Habitat III process

In August 2015 the German Forum on Environment & Development submitted a first critical statement on the preparation of Habitat III.

Statement of the German Forum on Environment & Development on Habitat III

PDF at http://www.forumue.de

The German Forum on Environment & Development was founded in 1992 after the UN conference in Rio on […]

petitions

NO TO THE TROIKA PLAN AGAINST GREECE! NO TO THE EVICTION REGIME OVER EUROPE!

STATEMENT of European housing movements on the clash of the European austerity regime with the Greek people

The Greek government has called for a national referendum on Sunday, 5th July, for the new ‘bailout’ terms presented by the EU, the ECB and the IMF on June 15. These terms include an extension of high […]

reports from meetings

German Tenant Union concerned about housing impact of Euro crisis

demands for investment prgrammes and non-profit housing sector

On May 31 the assembly of the German tenant union DMB expressed concerns regarding “the still expanding negative impacts of the financial and Euro crisis and the neoliberal austerity policies on housing conditions in Europe, like housing losses for economic reasons, evictions and permanently increasing […]

CALLS

German Tenants Union against TTIP

May 31 a huge majority of delegates at the biannual federal assembly („Mietertag“) of the German tenant union “Deutscher Mieterbund” (DMB) voted for two motions expressing a political rejection of the planned free trade agreements TTIP and CETA. The delegates, who represent regional and local associations with a membership basis of 1.27 million households, […]