Cities often charge disproportionately high rents for refugee apartments, the Federal Audit Office criticized. The examiners found even more inconsistencies.
According to a media report, the Federal Court of Auditors criticizes the fact that cities often charge very high fees from the public sector for apartments for refugees. Tests have shown that “the cost of housing for refugees, fees from municipal providers often well above local rents for housing of comparable size, often more than 100 percent,” quoted the “Welt” (Monday) from a statement by the authority. for the Bundestag Committee on Budgets.
“This was clearly illegal”
The local authorities had used the “larger share of federal government funding” to increase their housing costs. The federal government has steadily increased its contribution to housing costs in recent years. In addition, the investigations found further inconsistencies: “Some municipal authorities also instructed the employment offices not to check the appropriateness of housing benefits. This was clearly illegal.”
According to the report, the background to the current statement is the federal government’s planned amendment to the Basic Law, which should lay new constitutional foundations to relieve the burden on municipalities. The change is intended to provide municipalities with permanent support for housing and heating with a higher share of the costs, without the need for the federal government to monitor this.