We researched some of the worst cases of eviction, gathered people's firsthand stories and recorded these statements read by actors. Using the recorded statements, our programmed bot calls the offices and the private numbers of the estate-owners (both individuals and companies) and plays the stories of the displaced people. The bot is calling at random times of day and night for one week.
Donaustraße 10, Berlin
inappropriate and illegal raise in rent, two weeks gas and heating cutoff, doors and locks not repaired, feces not removed, neglected the house
Potsdamer Straße 180, Berlin
45 Jahre Jugend- und Kulturarbeit verdrängt, Deckenflutung, Zugang zum Briefkasten verhindert, Absperrung von Veranstaltungen durch Sicherheitsfirma
Friedelstraße 54, Berlin
Im Kaufvertrag vereinbarte Zwangsräumung durch Käufer, brutale Zwangsräumung mit mehreren Verletzten, Beleidigung und Bedrohung der Mieter*innen durch Bauleiter, Beschädigung der Fassade als Rechtfertigung für Renovierungsmaßnahmen
Blücherstraße 24, Gummersbach
bricked door, withheld costs for renovations, toilet not repaired for months, called police for made up reasons, broken entrance door not repaired
Oranienstraße 9, Berlin
cancellation of rent contract for a pregnant woman, one sided cancellation of sublet contract
Schellingstraße 58, Erlangen
faked personal usage, new contracts for multiple times the price
Gleimstraße 52, Berlin
laid a fire in the rear building, entrance door destroyed by estate agent, phone and gas lines cut, bikes and strollers removed, chimney cemented shut, removed mail boxes and letters, turned off heating, flooded occupied apartments
Kopenhagener Straße 46, Berlin
removed downspouts, removed chimney under danger of life for inhabitants, announced modernization measures with 300% raise in rent, one year canvas around the entire building, one year uninhabitable aparment, damage from water, power cutoff, water cutoff
Mareschstraße 12, Berlin
Scaffolding without announcement, attempted video-surveillance in the corridors of the house, a year without a bathroom, faked claim for apartment for personal us, threats and cancellation of the contract, unreasonable increases in rent, harrassment during the change of tenants
Hauptstraße 1 g-i, Berlin
Limited contract over 10 years, invented reasons for limited contract, insulting letters, neglect of the building
Am Alten See 19, Frankfurt (Main)
Threats and cancellation of the contract, removal of the toilets and taps, warm water cut off, no showers, unannounced visits from the employer, aggressive caretaker
Berlichingenstraße 12, Berlin
Eviction of a homeless shelter, water turned off, rats in the living room, intimidation, security in front of the house
Jahnallee 14, Leipzig
No heating for 7 weeks, attempts to make illegal entrance to the house, threats, untimely calls, unannounced visits, eviction prosecution (then rescinded)
Enckestraße 4, Berlin (torn off)
Deliberate flooding, various incentives to persuade the tenants to move out, advanced modernization plans, with the intention of demolishing the house
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The means that real estate owners use to rent out their homes at higher rates are sometimes inhumane, leaving a deep mark on the lives of those affected. But because it is enormously financially worthwhile in the current legal situation, dirty tricks to get tenants out as well as forced evictions take place everywhere and over again. The state protects private property, profit maximization and speculation more than the right to housing. Of course, the costs are borne by those who are already financialy precarious and depend on affordable housing
Many of these stories go unnoticed and the victims remain alone with the problems and their anger.
While owners get richers, housing shortages plunge people into dramatic life crises and destroy the social fabric of entire city districts.
With this action we want to make visible and audible this nationwide, structural problem using personal stories to confront the responsible parties with the voices of the evicted tenants and show the consequences of their actions. The power relationship between the tenant and the landlord is inverted - at least for a short time. Those who have been oppressed by their landlords and left feeling disempowered are now raising their voices.
The evicted tenants, who are otherwise only remembered as a short episode of a investment logic, years later haunt the telephone lines of their former landlord.
Housing should not be a commodity for speculation. As long as the housing issue is left to the 'free market', rent and eviction remain the norm and common means of private profit maximization. The structural conditions that favour this need to be addressed.
What happens with the city and who is allowed to live here, affects us all.
Fortunately, there is resistance everywhere. Tenants are raising their voices, organizing and defending themselves. Forced evictions can be prevented by collective action. Networking between the initiatives has already been successful in many cities. The pressure is increasing. Housing speculation must become increasingly difficult and unprofitable. The tenants voices need to get louder and louder. The houses for those who need them!