At the end of January, Andreas Steyer, CEO of Consus Real Estate AG, the leading real estate developer in the top 9 cities in Germany, had invited the German Parliamentary Society in Berlin to the Consus “New Year’s Update”. The topic he discussed there with his 30 or so guests which included representatives from parliament, real estate, project developers, financial and legal sectors, could not have been more on point. On the same day, Berlin’s House of Representatives had passed the rent cap for the city with the red-red-green majority.
Many of those present were concerned about the decision that the Senate had made, although numerous experts had warned of the consequences such as a standstill in housing construction. Christian Freiherr von Stetten, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of Medium-Sized Businesses of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group also took up the topic in his welcoming address and criticized the decision. His party colleague, Dr. Jan-Marco Luczak, spokesman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group for law and consumer protection, used his keynote speech to explain, amongst other things, the further course of action of the Berlin CDU. He announced that the CDU would take legal action against the Senate resolution. The lawyer assessed the prospects for the success of such a lawsuit as thoroughly positive.
The discussions continued at the long table during the subsequent dinner. Host Andreas Steyer deliberately relies on the format of the table talk in his invitations in order to bring representatives of the industry and political decision-makers as close together as possible. The familiar atmosphere also ensured lively discussions and an open exchange of ideas in this case.
Vita Dr. Jan-Marco Luczak:
Since 2009 Dr. Jan-Marco Luczak is a member of the German Bundestag. He grew up in Berlin’s Tempelhof-Schöneberg district and has been committed to the district for almost 20 years, currently as deputy chairman of the Tempelhof-Schöneberg CDU. As a lawyer, he brings his professional experience in the Bundestag to the Committee for Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection. He is also the legal policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag.