160 euros less for tenants

ISomehow it has always been a bit unfair: Until now, tenants had to pay the carbon dioxide tax that is added to the heating bill in full themselves. The landlord was well off, even if he had a great deal of leverage in reducing his tenant’s heating costs: namely by making the house more energy-efficient, for example with new heating or insulation. But if he refuses, the tenant must try to reduce heating consumption on his own. This is difficult in old, unrenovated houses.

Dyrk Scherff

Editor in the “Value” section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper.

But that is now changing. From January 1st, the landlord will also be involved in the CO2 tax that accrues for gas and oil heating. For non-residential buildings, such as office buildings, the costs will initially be divided in half until 2025. In the case of residential or mixed-use buildings and old people’s and nursing homes, on the other hand, the allocation is proportionate depending on the energetic condition of the apartment. This means that the worse the condition, the more the landlord has to pay, in the worst case up to 95 percent of the fee. The tenant then only pays 5 percent.

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