Munich (dpa) - The Bavarian referendum rent stop failed before the Constitutional Court. Bavaria's highest court dismissed the referendum in Munich on Thursday.

The tenancy law is therefore a matter for the federal government. "The examination showed that the referendum cannot be allowed because the state legislature obviously does not have jurisdiction," the decision said. For the same reason, the Ministry of the Interior had not already approved the referendum and presented it to the court.

The tenants' association and the SPD were largely responsible for the finally failed referendum. They wanted to freeze rents in 162 Bavarian municipalities for six years. Over 52,000 citizens supported the referendum with their signatures.

The organizers now want to put pressure on the black and red federal government: "Since Bavaria obviously cannot, we will now work to ensure that the federal government finally tackles the huge housing market problem," said campaign manager Matthias Weinzierl. In autumn, the Bavarian alliance plans to organize a nationwide “rent freeze summit”.

"If the freeze at the state level fails in Karlsruhe, the federal government must finally introduce it," said Caren Lay, deputy leader of the left in the Bundestag. "Rents must be politically regulated in the interest of the common good."

The Bavarian procedure was only about the Bavarian referendum, but the decision is also not a good sign for the rent cover decided by the red-red-green Berlin Senate. In the federal capital, the rental cover is law, which is what the Federal Constitutional Court is now dealing with.

Because the Berlin district court also considers a rent limit by the state to be unconstitutional. In addition, members of the Bundestag from the FDP and CDU have filed suits for regulatory control in Karlsruhe.

"This judgment confirms our legal opinion and has a signal effect for our proceedings," said Marco Buschmann, the parliamentary director of the FDP parliamentary group. "The rental cover is not a solution - it only exacerbates the housing shortage."

There is consensus in the construction and real estate industry that the cause of the explosion in rents is not the activities of speculators, but rather decades of neglect in housing construction. The bank also rejects state rent covers from socially oriented landlords such as municipal housing associations and housing cooperatives, many of which are traditionally associated with the SPD.

These companies rent many apartments below the usual market prices and have been warning for years that they would lack the money for new buildings if the rent limits were set by the state.

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