IIn the coalition dispute over an extension of the moratorium on rent payments, consumer loans and energy, water and telephone bills, which expires at the end of June, there is no solution. In the Union there is opposition to a regulation by Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) to extend the relief given to tenants and consumers in the Corona crisis until the end of September.
According to a report by the editorial network Germany (RND), the Union-led ministries raised objections. SPD parliamentary group deputy Dirk Wiese told the RND: “The fact that the Union has stopped this important extension is a slap in the face of many restaurants, bars and retailers who have used up their reserves, still have falling sales and are now paying the full rent again have to”.
According to the RND, the Union says that an extension of the special regulations would be a completely wrong signal. “We are doing everything we can to return to normality and to get business going again,” said the legal spokesman for the Union Bundestag faction Jan-Marco Luczak.
To mitigate the pandemic consequences, the Bundestag decided in March that tenants should not be given notice from April 1 to June 30 this year if they were unable to pay the rent due to the Corona crisis. A deferred payment is also possible for private loans and bills for electricity or gas for this period.
The owner association Haus und Grund and the umbrella association of the housing industry GdW reject an extension of the deferral option, as required by the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag. However, support for the SPD plans comes from unions and consumer protection groups.