CO2 costs: CDU / CSU parliamentary group wants to prevent landlords from participating in energy costs

The planned participation of landlords in the increasing costs due to the introduction of the CO2Price is - despite an agreement within the government - apparently on the verge of collapse. After the responsible Union and SPD-guided ministries had agreed on details of the project, a rejection from the Union faction came on Tuesday Bundestag.

"This agreement on a 50:50 apportionment of the costs is not supported," said CDU legal expert Jan-Marco Luczak. If the government decides to do this in the cabinet on Wednesday as a formulation aid for the parliamentary groups, it will not be successful. In union and government circles it was said, also faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus got this position on Tuesday morning Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) transmitted. The Greens spoke of one CDUTotal failure: "The Union no longer seems to be or want to be part of this federal government."

The cornerstones of the ministerial compromise

On Monday evening, the state secretaries of the ministries, including the construction department of Horst Seehofer (CSU) and the Ministry of Economics of Peter Altmaier (CDU), agreed. After that, landlords would have paid half of the additional costs from the CO2-Tax, which should also apply to commercial rents. Altmaier also asked for additional state funding for the building renovation, which was considered feasible. According to government circles, his house had dropped further demands in the negotiations.

The draft law should be passed on Wednesday as a so-called formulation aid for the Bundestag. This could have accelerated a resolution in parliament, so the project could have become law before the summer break.

Criticism from the Greens

The Greens accused the grand coalition of an ongoing dispute on the backs of the tenants. The Union is also snubbering its own construction minister, Horst Seehofer, said the building policy spokesman Chris Kühn. The CDU MPs are already in the election campaign. "The fact that the CDU is now blocking itself against the minimum compromise of its own federal government proves once again that it has lost sight of the question of social justice in living."

The CDU expert Luczak, on the other hand, said that the division would not help climate protection in the building sector, and that the steering effect would not be effective. If, for example, tenants overheated their apartment, the landlord has no influence on this: »Climate-damaging user behavior is also rewarded. From my point of view that is neither fair nor just. «The SPD argues the other way around and says that the tenant cannot force a renovation of his apartment, but would otherwise have to pay for the consequences alone. Luczak therefore spoke out in favor of greater state funding for the renovation. Modernization costs should be able to be passed on to tenants to a lesser extent, and the state should cushion part of the costs.

The CO2Price has been in effect since the beginning of the year and makes fuel, gas and heating oil more expensive. It should continue to rise in the next few years. The burden for tenants this year depends heavily on the size and renovation status. Justice Minister Lambrecht's draft law mentioned 165 euros for an average 140 square meter apartment.