2017-05-16 11:49:24 UTC
Germany Confiscating Homes To Use For Migrants
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.
◦Some Germans are asking what is next: Will authorities now limit the maximum amount of living space per person, and force those with large apartments to share them with strangers?