An owner from Hamburg had six apartments that were vacant for years. He did not modernize them. The city of Hamburg is fed up. The district authority has dispossessed the landlord. The city is now modernizing the apartments at the owner’s expense.
A landlord was dispossessed by the district authority Hamburg-Mitte. The apartments are in the district of Hamm near the center and have been vacant for five years. The authority had levied a penalty payment of €18,000 and threatened him with dispossession, as Hamburger Abendblatt reports. But the owner still was willfully obstructive and did not release the apartments onto the market.
The district authority has now handed over the apartments to a trustee, who is modernizing them, and will offer them for rent. The modernizing costs, a mid-level five-figure number for new floors, heating, and walls, will have to be paid by the owner. He cannot choose the new tenants, but has to accept them.