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Tenants' Demonstration Sat, April 14: Akelius tenants' block - akelius-mietervernetzung - 03.04.2018

Let's form a common block of tenants living in Akelius houses on the "Mietenwahnsinn Widersetzen" ("Resist Insane Rents") demonstration on Saturday, April 14. The demonstration starts at 2 p.m. in Potsdamer Platz.

We meet at 2 p.m. at the traffic tower (historical traffic lights) on the south-west corner Potsdamer Straße / Potsdamer Platz (direction train station / Arkaden shopping center / Staatsbibliothek library).

Also available in this forum: information on the Action Days in the run-up to the demonstration.

Who wants can join the preparatory meeting on Saturday, April 4 in Bilgisaray at Heinrichplatz, 194 Oranienstraße (U1 / U8 Kottbusser Tor). There we want to eat soup together an after that paint banners for the demonstration. Soup at 1 p.m., banner painting from 2 p.m.

Meeting for all Akelius tenants on Sunday, May 6, 2018 - akelius-mietervernetzung - 03.04.2018

In this meeting, topics under discussion can be:
  • Whether we want to build up an organizational structure with regular meetings.
  • Whether we want to start common public relations.
  • How we can support each other in specific cases.
Two lawyers specialized in tenancy law will be present to give general counseling and be available to answer questions. We will try to organize translations for small groups in English, Turkish, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian.

Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m.
Aquarium Südblock, Skalitzer Str. 6
U8 / U1 Kottbusser Tor

Akelius forum people please go here: - akelius-mietervernetzung - 16.04.2018

The Demonstration was great! Everybody who was there could see that 25000 to 30000 people were on the street in spite of the rainy weather.

There are some pictures and a summary of the demonstration in German available in this forum. Who can translate the summary into English? Feel free to post the translation here as a reply (registration required).

RE: Meeting for all Akelius tenants on Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Bauerlein - 08.05.2018

A hundred Akelius tenants from all over Berlin answered the call to meet at the Kreuzberg Aquarium on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Their common goal is to build a solidarity network and platform to share experiences.

RE: Meeting for all Akelius tenants on Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Mieter - 06.06.2018

The next meeting is on Sunday, June 17th at 2 p.m.
Aquarium Südblock, Skaliter Str. 6
U8 / U1 Kottbusser Tor

RE: Meeting for all Akelius tenants on Sunday, May 6, 2018 - akelius-mietervernetzung - 01.08.2018

Here you find Report/Speech of the Akelius-Mieter Vernetzung at a solidarity Meeting on June, 2.

RE: Meeting for all Akelius tenants on Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Mieter - 06.01.2019

The next meeting is on Sunday, January 13th at 2 p.m.
Aquarium Südblock, Skaliter Str. 6
U8 / U1 Kottbu
sser Tor

RE: Meetings, Activities And Information - akelius-mietervernetzung - 05.03.2019

The next meeting is on Sunday, March 24th at 2 p.m.
Aquarium Südblock, Skaliter Str. 6
U8 / U1 Kottbu
sser Tor

And come to the DEMONSTRATION
Rally at noon on 6 April at Alexanderplatz.

More information in English and other languages:

RE: Meetings, Activities And Information - akelius-mietervernetzung - 08.06.2019

Speech of the networking of Akelius tenants at the rally in front of the Akelius headquarters on 29.03.19

40 Euro warm per square meter??? – No, thank you!!

We are protesting here today in front of the German headquarters of Akelius – a company that is in large part responsible for massive rent increases and serious housing shortages in Berlin.
Akelius justifies its high rents of up to 40,- Euro warm per square meter with an alleged demand for modern apartments.

But that is nonsense! Akelius is all about profit!

In its annual report for 2018, the corporation boasts a 600 percent increase in rental income using Nehringsstrasse 11 in Charlottenburg as an example. There, Akelius converted three commercial units into four smaller apartments and subsequently modernised them. Akelius conceals the fact that residents and traders protested loudly against this. In the end, the "Sternschnuppe" – a shop that, among other things, supplies children from the neighbouring schools with food and other daily necessities – was allowed to stay, but for double the rent.
If the needs of the people of this city were to play any role, apartments and commercial units with low rents would need to be offered. Instead, Akelius systematically destroys the affordable rental market.
How could it be otherwise when a self-proclaimed tax expert turns the existential public good of housing into a private Monopoly playground? In 2018 alone, Akelius bought 964 apartments in Berlin for 194 million euros. Flats with rents that have been largely acceptable so far. Two weeks ago, Akelius offered a 25 square meter apartment in Wrangelstrasse 92, one of the 964 bought last year, for a rent of 1060 euros, which is 42 euros per square meter!

That's enough! Living is not a luxury, but a human right!
We demand that Akelius is also expropriated, so that the housing stock with affordable rents is maintained! Because the housing question is not solved by overpriced new buildings, but mainly by the protection of the existing stock!


Speech of the networking of Akelius tenants in Berlin
Rally of DWE + EAC in front of Lobeckstraße 64 on June 7 2019

We are standing here in Lobeckstraße today in order to protest against the power of the big profit-seeking real estate companies.
In house number 64, it is Deutsche Wohnen that makes life difficult for us tenants.
In house number 65 to 75, so right next door, it is Akelius that makes life difficult for us tenants.
This building complex consists of three houses standing one behind the other, with fantastic large open spaces in between. A space which would actually be ideal for building relationships between neighbors and enabling communal living. 
However, this became impossible! Akelius bought the complex around 2014. Last year they started construction work. All the facades were covered with tarps, the courtyards are filled with construction material and rubble, the doors were left open, the staircases got filthy. 
For the tenants inside these houses this means stress and noise every day. For some it even meant forced eviction. One year ago, Akelius forcibly evicted two people without any rent debts. Pedestrians coincidentally walking by this house reported this violent incident to us. 

Just a few weeks later, Akelius invited the public to visit their new headquarter at Erkelenzdamm as part of the Architecture Days 2018.
The building is a large industrial yard and listed as a historical monument. Besides rental apartments, 40 artists and studio communities and several small businesses were located in this building. Akelius kicked almost all of them out in order to create their own residence in the heart of Kreuzberg. 
A small aftertaste: Only one of the former ten rental apartments still exists. Akelius uses the rest of the space in a different way, mostly commercial, for instance for their tenants office. In offical German, this is called „Zweckentfremdung“: misappropriation. 

Back when we were visiting this new headquarter last year and participated in a guided tour, we saw an oversized design drawing on one of the office’s walls. The draft showed street art motifs for the future facade design of precisely these houses here in Lobeckstraße 65 to 75, just next door to where we are standing now. 
However, it is not the long-established tenants of this neighbourhood who are meant to enjoy the benefits of this piece of art. A year ago, the letterboxes showed a high vacancy rate.
The new rents that Akelius demands in these houses are astronomical:
1400 Euros for 70 m² in number 67.
1500 Euros for 65 m² in number 71.
1090 Euros for 35 m² in number 73.
1012 Euros for 58 m² in number 74.
This results in an average of 23.67 euros warm per square metre. The usual price Akelius charges in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
But we cannot and do not want to afford these rents! Our answer is
therefore short and simple: Expropriate Akelius & Co.!