DGAP-News: Vonovia SE: Vonovia sells Berlin housing stock from the Future and Social Pact for Housing to municipal housing companies
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Vonovia SE: Vonovia sells Berlin housing stock from the Future and Social Pact for Housing to municipal housing companies
17.09.2021 / 12:40
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Vonovia sells Berlin housing stock from the Future and Social Pact for Housing to municipal housing companies
- Agreement on the sale of a total package of 14,750 Vonovia and Deutsche Wohnen apartments from the Future and Social Pact for Housing to berlinovo, degewo and HOWOGE
- 4,250 of these residential and commercial units at a price of EUR 811 million are from Vonovia's portfolio
- Commitments to limit regular rent increases until 2026 and to build 13,000 new flats in Berlin remain in place
Bochum, 17 September 2021 - Vonovia SE ("Vonovia") has successfully concluded talks on the sale of housing stock in Berlin to the municipal housing companies berlinovo, degewo and HOWOGE. In total, Vonovia SE and Deutsche Wohnen SE are selling 14,750 apartments from the Future and Social Pact for Housing in order to contribute to the expansion of municipal housing stock in Berlin and to alleviate strain on the rental market in the German capital. The sale agreement also includes around 450 commercial units. Around 4,250 of these residential and commercial units come from Vonovia's portfolio at a price of approximately EUR 811 million. This package includes around 800 apartments that will be notarised at the end of September. The apartments shall be transferred to the municipal housing companies in January and July of next year.
Rolf Buch, CEO of Vonovia: "With this sale of housing stock in Berlin to the municipal housing companies, we are fulfilling a central promise to the Berlin Senate from the Future and Social Pact for Housing. We are selling the apartments at a fair price. As a reliable political and social partner, we contribute sustainably to solutions for the Berlin housing market."
The flats in question form a portfolio that takes into account the wishes and requirements of the state and essentially reflects a cross-section of Vonovia's Berlin housing stock in terms of distribution as well as quality and value. The three municipal housing companies have independently selected the properties that best suit their needs from this portfolio.
"As well as contributing to the expansion of municipal housing stock, we continue to stand by our commitments to limit regular rent increases across our combined Berlin portfolio until 2026 and to build 13,000 new flats in Berlin. In this way, we will create more affordable, needs-based and climate-friendly housing - especially for young families. Only by working with political and social partners in the city will we succeed in tackling the challenges facing Berlin's housing market," Buch adds.
Vonovia is already committed to the goal of relieving pressure on the housing market by building attractive, affordable and climate-friendly apartments. The company constructs more than 2,000 new homes every year and is steadily increasing this volume. In the process, Vonovia is increasingly opting for the use of wood, a renewable raw material. The construction of around 700 flats in a modular timber design is already underway or complete. Vonovia is currently building 60 flats in the Berlin district of Reinickendorf. This new modular timber housing project will store 800 tonnes of CO2.
Vonovia SE is Europe's leading private residential real estate company. Vonovia currently owns around 414,000 residential units in all attractive cities and regions in Germany, Sweden and Austria. It also manages around 72,000 apartments. Its portfolio is worth approximately € 63.0 billion. As a modern service provider, Vonovia focuses on customer orientation and tenant satisfaction. Offering tenants affordable, attractive and livable homes is a prerequisite for the company's successful development. Therefore, Vonovia makes long-term investments in the maintenance, modernization and senior-friendly conversion of its properties. The company is also creating more and more new apartments by realizing infill developments and adding to existing buildings.
The company, which is based in Bochum, has been listed on the stock exchange since 2013. Since September 2015 Vonovia has been a constituent in the DAX 30 and since September 2020 in the EURO STOXX 50. Vonovia SE is also a constituent of additional national and international indices, including DAX 50 ESG, Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe, STOXX Global ESG Leaders, EURO STOXX ESG Leaders 50, STOXX Europe ESG Leaders 50, FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe, and GPR 250 World. Vonovia has a workforce of around 11,000 employees.
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Registered headquarters of Vonovia SE: Bochum, Germany, Bochum Local Court, HRB 16879
Business address of Vonovia SE: Universitaetsstrasse 133, 44803 Bochum, Germany
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