Rents for refugee apartments are often too high

The Federal Audit Office criticizes the fact that local authorities often charge particularly high fees for refugees’ apartments.

Berlin: Apartments in the Mitte district.

AFrom the point of view of the Federal Audit Office, the federal government often has to pay significantly excessive rents for the apartments of refugees. This is reported by “Welt” (Monday), referring to an opinion for the budget committee of the Bundestag. Audits by the Federal Court of Auditors have shown that “when it comes to the costs of accommodation for refugees, the fees paid by local authorities are often well above the local rents for living spaces of comparable size, often more than 100 percent”. In addition, the use of funds is often not adequately controlled.

A number of local authorities had taken the “increased share of the federal government’s funding as an opportunity to increase their fees for accommodation,” the newspaper quotes from the statement. In recent years, the federal government has steadily increased its contribution to the accommodation costs. However, far too little was checked to determine whether the fee increases were justified.

The background to the current statement is the amendment of the Basic Law planned by the Federal Government, with which new constitutional bases are to be created to relieve the municipalities. The change is intended to provide the municipalities with permanent support for accommodation and heating services with a higher cost sharing, without the federal administration having to check. In the run-up to the planned amendment to the law, a hearing in the budget committee of the Bundestag will take place on Monday, for which the Federal Audit Office wrote the opinion.