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Financial Industrialisation of Rental Mass Housing in Germany

EXPOSÉ

Knut Unger, January 2017

I. In Germany (and elsewhere) the financialization of rental mass housing wasn’t a result of the 2007 ff. crisis, it was a part of its creation and of the longer post-fordistic crisis-process. Rental housing is a form of lent capital. The rent (cash flow) together with the property rights builds […]

HOUSING

#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 article […]

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

Side Event in Quito: Social Regulation of Real Estate Markets and Market Alternatives

The International Working Group for the Promotion of Market Regulation and Market Alternatives will hold a side event at the official Habitat III campus on Monday, Oct. 17th, 12:30 – 13:30 h. Casa della Cultura Ecuatoriana, Room 8. The discussion will be continued at the stand of the Global Platform for the Right to the […]

statements

Without Human Rights and Social Regulation of Property Markets Habitat III will fail!

Members of the International Working Group for the Promotion of Market Regulation and Market Alternatives at Habitat III today started Meetings in Berlin and issued this statement .

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Berlin (GER)

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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CALLS

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 of […]

REFLECTIONS & DEBATES

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 these […]

CALLS

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 the […]

Barcelona

H3 event: The 24/2015 Catalan housing and energy poverty Law. A law written by the people. A model for other regions?

This side event at the Habitat 3 meeting in Barcelona informs about an ecouraging step towards social regulation of housing: the Catalan Law 24/2015. Let’s discuss implications for struggles in other countries!

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