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Rent expropriations on Paul-Lincke-Ufer: support from the Left and the Greens

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Rent expropriations are part of everyday life in every modern city and do not stop at Berlin. The creatives and artists based at Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a in Kreuzberg also felt this last November. The owner, Cencore, of the building complex, which was in need of renovation, gave notice to several of the creative people who had been there for decades. The affected units are already being offered online as completely refurbished at horrendous purchase prices.

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The topic has now also reached politics. The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district assembly has received a resolution this Wednesday evening with a clear request for the owner to vote. “We appeal to Cencore GmbH/Cencore Berlin II GmbH & Co. KG to withdraw the terminations of the rental agreements,” it says. “We call on the owner to come to an agreement with the commercial tenants on whether they can continue to rent the premises.”

The special mixture should be preserved

The justification for the resolution, jointly introduced by the left and the Greens, states that they do not want to allow the “cultural devastation” of the district. Long-term projects and established local networks would be destroyed by the expropriation, and the district would lose important centers of cultural life. “We will leave no stone unturned in order to preserve our colorful district with its special mix,” it also says combatively.

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The tenants themselves also sent an open letter to Cencore: “We call on you to come to an agreement with the commercial tenants on a way that they can continue to rent the premises and to enable them to have a future.” Cencone had already December of last year, when asked, the current tenants are free to submit purchase offers for their units. An extension of the lease is excluded.

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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