8. Our house is not located in the environmental protection area. What can we do?

Self-organization and solidarity in one’s own home is the first step towards both effective protection and the ability to act against owner companies: join together as neighbors. Therefore we have to form house communities! Only together we are strong. The Tenants Union wants to support both the development of the houses communities and the formation of a Berlin-wide network against Heimstaden. There is a good tenancy law in Germany, but especially in Berlin investors are also particularly aggressive. If we join forces, it will help in any case.

Our proposal is therefore to build a Berlin-wide network of Heimstaden houses under the common label of a tenants’ union. The model is exactly such a union in Sweden, which also conducts collective bargaining with Heimstaden. Every year the organized tenants sit down with Heimstaden at the same table and push through a rent that is affordable for them.

The organization is to take place from bottom to top: The individual house communities come together in local group meetings, and collect and discuss the individual situation in the houses. Each house then chooses delegates who come together in local groups and who in turn send delegates to a central network. Here a common Berlin-wide strategy will be developed to stop Heimstaden! The flow of information takes place back to the local groups and house communities, where the decisions are made.