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According to latest statistics, Germany has a population of around 82.6 million inhabitants, which are members of approx. 39.8 million households.

The number of flats in Germany accounts to 39.0 million and the number of buildings is approx. 17.7 million. There is a rate of 484 flats per 1000 inhabitants, which is rather favourable.


Population: 82.6 Mio.
Number of households: 39.8 Mio.
Total number of dwellings: 39.0 Mio.
Total number of buildings: 17.7 Mio.
Total number of flats in prefabricated buildings: 2.1 Mio.
Dwellings per 1000 inhabitants: 483
Ownership rate: 43 %

In contrast to the Eastern European BEENetwork countries, Germany has a differentiated housing market with a high proportion of rental dwellings. The ownership rate therefore is rather low, also in comparison to other (Western European) countries: 43 percent. The housing market is characterised by the quantitative significance of private landlords/lessors, which rent out nearly 14 million flats. Approximately 10 million flats are administered by “professional” management companies, incl. housing cooperatives, communal/public housing companies and commercial housing companies.

Key actors as regards housing policy in Germany are the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS), the respective Ministries of the German Länder, dealing with housing issues on the regional level as well as the municipalities. Furthermore, groups representing the interests of lessors and tenants play an important role, e.g. the “Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies” (GdW) and the “German Federation of Tenants”.


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News and Updates

June 2011
The BEENetwork Newsletter is available for downloading.

June 2011
The BEENetwork Flyer is available in English and German language.

May 2011
Residents will get additional support for refurbishment of multifamily buildings in Lithuania. more

April 2011
New European Energy Efficiency Facility to finance sustainable energy at the local and regional level. more

March 2011
On 8th March 2011, the European Commission published the new Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP). more

February 2011
State grants for the renovation of apartment buildings in Estonia. more



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