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HOUSING SHORTAGE IN GERMANY

Tight regulations making it costly for landlords to build homes

Govt looking at ways to boost construction, including raising funding and relaxing building codes, amid influx of refugees

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Housing in German cities was already under pressure before waves of refugees began flowing in from countries from Syria to Afghanistan, making the country the top destination for refugees.

Berlin

GERMAN landlords have been complaining for years that cumbersome regulations make it complicated and expensive to build homes. Now, with 800,000 refugees forecast to arrive this year and nowhere for them to stay, politicians are beginning to see their point.

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