Nordelbe’s dirty tricks and what we can do against them

Rents in Wilhelmsburg are rising. Ten years ago, 6 euros per square meter was still customary – today it is 10 euros, and often even more in the Reiherstiegviertel. Many of us are in financial difficulties. Many of us face the threat of eviction from the district or even from the city. This is the political intention! The focus of the private Nordelbe GmbH is on profit. And for profit, everything seems to be allowed. We would like to inform you about the harassment of the Nordelbe, its background and how we defend ourselves against it.

155 EURO CONTRACT CONCLUSION FEE – 3 MONTH RENT DEPOSIT AT ONE GO – TEMPORARY SUBLEASE? NOT WITH US!

When concluding a rental agreement, Nordelbe charges 155 Euro as handling fee. That’s illegal, and you can get the money back. Pay the fee first, otherwise the Nordelbe may not be willing to let you the apartment. As soon as you have moved in, you can request the money back in writing from the Nordelbe.

The Nordelbe also requires the first warm rent and three cold rents as a deposit before handing over the keys. If you don’t have that kind of money in your account, don’t panic. You have the right to pay the deposit in three equal installments in three months. However, enforcing this right can be difficult. From our experience we know that Nordelbe will resist this. So, until there is no handover of the keys, we prefer to come to one of our meetings to discuss the procedure together.

In addition, the Nordelbe is trying to limit subletting to 6 months. No matter what Nordelbe claims, this limitation is invalid! Permission is automatically granted for an unlimited period of time. It also requires the identification card of the subtenant. However, it is sufficient if the main tenants state the name, date of birth and occupation of the subtenants.

All these practices of the Nodelbe are designed to make as much profit as possible. As long as living space has to yield profit and is not managed by us tenants, evictions, rising rents and moldy apartments will be on the agenda. If you don’t want to lose out, you can fight back together with us. Come to a meeting of Wilhelmsburg Solidarisch if you have problems with your landlord. Often a letter is enough to defend oneself against the illegal tricks. You can find sample letters here.

SAGA’s dirty tricks and what we can do against them

Rents in Wilhelmsburg are rising. Ten years ago, 6 euros per square meter was still customary – today it is 10 euros, and often even more in the Reiherstiegviertel. Many of us are in financial difficulties. Many of us face the threat of eviction from the district or even from the city. This is the political intention! The focus of the city-owned SAGA is on profit. And for profit, everything seems to be allowed. We would like to inform you about the harassment of the SAGA, its background and how we defend ourselves against it.

SUBLETTING ONLY AFTER INTERVIEW?
NOT WITH US!

Recently, SAGA has requested that subtenants get to know each other in a personal conversation. That is legally unnecessary! It is sufficient if the main tenants state the name, date of birth and occupation of the subtenants.

Why does SAGA do this? She wants to make sure the „right“ people move in. Only in March they were sentenced to 1,000 EURO compensation for rejecting a woman on account of her Turkish-sounding name. In court, SAGA made it clear that it wants to determine in which areas poor people or people with a foreign-sounding surname are allowed to move – and in which areas not.

It is obvious to us that eviction of the poor and racist discrimination are official policies of the city! After all, cheap apartments in Eppendorf will not be made available to us in return. On the contrary. Although demand is rising, we are seeing less and less affordable housing because almost all of it is being built for the better off.

We must defend ourselves against this! As long as living space has to yield profit and is not managed by us tenants, evictions, rising rents and moldy apartments will be on the agenda. If you don’t want to lose out, you can defend yourselves together with us. Come to a meeting of Wilhelmsburg Solidarisch if you have problems with your landlord. With us, a letter was enough to get the subletting approved without an interview. You can find the letter here. By the way: If you are not allowed to sublet, you may even be entitled to damages. We are happy to support you in this as well.