Heating costs for tenants: SPD accuses Union of buying property

In the dispute over heating costs in rental apartments, the tone in the grand coalition is intensifying: The SPD throws the CDU intend to be of service to the landlord's lobby. "The donations from the real estate industry to the CDU seem to be paying off," says Sören Bartol, vice-chairman of the SPD parliamentary group. "First the Union faction breaks a government agreement, now its chancellor candidate legitimizes this break afterwards."

The dispute is about who should bear the increased costs caused by the CO introduced in early 20212-Discharge for oil and gas heating. 23 million tenants are affected. Five ministries led by the Union and the SPD had in May vereinbartthat tenants and landlords should each pay half. During the legislative negotiations, the Union changed its mind. Tenants should use the CO2-Price now bear alone.

CDU chancellor candidate Armin Laschet first commented on the matter on Thursday. "Ultimately, the cost of consumption must be borne by whoever uses this energy," he said of the "time". Bartol sees it differently. "As a tenant, I can't help the built-in heating," he says. The CO2-Price is supposed to encourage landlords to invest in climate-friendly heating and modern thermal insulation.

Since the beginning of the year, a fee of 25 euros per tonne of carbon dioxide emitted has been due. A liter of heating oil increases by around 8 cents and a kilowatt hour of natural gas by 0,6 cents. Around a third of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany are attributable to the building sector.

By 2030, emissions in this sector will have to fall by around 1990 percent compared to 67 to 70 million tonnes in order to comply with the emission levels stipulated in the Climate Protection Act. The building sector is the only one that, according to the Ministry of the Environment's balance sheet, has its CO2Goals for 2020 has not complied.