German woman being evicted from her home to make room for refugees

German woman being evicted from her home to make room for refugees
Superfluous. Bettina Halbey, being evicted from her apartment to accommodate refugees. (Image via Die Welt)

[Ed. – This isn’t an interpretation; it’s what is actually happening.  The woman is being evicted from a home she pays market-rate rent for because the city wants to use the entire property to house refugees.]

A woman in Germany is being evicted from her home of 16 years to make way for asylum-seekers, amid growing concerns over how Germany will find accommodation for the hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding into the country.

Bettina Halbey, a 51-year-old nurse, has lived alone in her flat in the small western German town of Nieheim since her children grew up.

On September 1, she received a letter from her landlord, the local municipality, telling her the building was being turned into a refugee shelter and she had until next May to leave. …

In Germany, where 52 per cent of people rent their homes, it is unheard of to be asked to leave under such circumstances.

Tenants are strongly protected by law, and can normally only be evicted if they have broken the terms of their rental agreement. …

Although the building belongs to the local municipality, it is not social housing and Ms Halbey pays the full market rent.

But Rainer Vidal, the mayor of Nieheim, said the building was needed to house refugees because the town’s existing three shelters were full. “A new residential unit for 30 refugees in Nieheim would cost €30,000 (£22,000). This solution will cost me nothing,” he told Welt.

Doubts have been raised over whether the municipality’s move is legal.

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