WEG law: Bundeslänger advance when claiming to loading points

The federal states of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg want to give tenants and homeowners as quickly as possible the construction of charging facilities in parking lots and underground car parks. In addition, both countries submitted a bill to the Federal Council at the beginning of August (PDF). This provides that in condominiums each owner may require the installation of a loading point and a simple majority is sufficient to resolve a specific cost distribution. Tenants should therefore be allowed by the landlord to ask permission to install a charging option.

According to experts and the energy industry, the corresponding legal changes for a claim to a charging option are long overdue. Not surprisingly, the ADAC once again found out that it was There are hardly any charging options for electric cars in multi-family houses,

For this reason, the Federal Ministry of Justice set up a federal-state working group last year to discuss various proposals. It was planned to reform the so-called residential property law (WEG) with additional aspects such as accessibility measures. The final report of the working group will be presented shortly. On this basis, the Federal Ministry of Justice intends to present a draft bill by the end of the year.

Only a simple majority is sufficient

But now the two federal states have made leaps forward with their bill. Instead of waiting for the presentation of the final report and the draft of the Federal Government, they submitted their bill without participation and consultation with the Federal Ministry of Justice. The ministry expects that the Munich state government will present the final report together with the federal government in Berlin within a few weeks.

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At first glance, the actions of the federal states are not entirely comprehensible. Finally, it can be assumed that the legislative process will not be accelerated. As early as 2016 and 2018, the Federal Council decided on a corresponding initiative, which was more or less unnoticed by the Union and the SPD in the Confederation every time (PDF). Especially Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Lower Saxony as "Auto countries" only in early June 2019 in a joint position paper (PDF) "decisive legislative initiatives to promote electromobility" demanded by the federal government.

The action of the two southerners is certainly suitable as a PR action, with the two heads of government Wilfried Kretschmann (Green) from Baden-Württemberg and Markus Söder (CSU) from Bavaria want to demonstrate their domestic auto industry that they recognized the promotion of electric mobility as an important issue to have.

In addition, the two countries have worked together at a joint cabinet meeting in Meersburg on Lake Constance to bring the planned battery research center from the controversial site in Münster to Ulm. It certainly suited well to announce a legislative initiative for a better charging infrastructure.

Despite this obvious showcase policy but worth a look at the design. On request from, the Bavarian Ministry of Justice announced: "The bill takes up results of the federal-state working group on WEG reform." The federal and state governments seem to have agreed on this. Because according to the Ministry could "consensual solutions are worked out", So how could the future regulations look like?