Suspicion of corruption: raid on real estate group Vonovia
Bjorn Finke, Claus Ott and Jorg Schmitt
The image of the real estate group Vonovia isn’t the best. Which other of the 40 Dax companies has already had a referendum against it, who demands his expropriation? The group from Bochum has bought up competitors in recent years – most recently against great resistance, the rival Deutsche Wohnen from Berlin – and has thus become Europe’s largest landlord. In Germany alone, Vonovia owns almost 490,000 apartments. This sheer size makes the group powerful, not only in the housing market, but also in the construction industry.