The German government wants to promote the expansion of electric mobility. For this reason, it has passed the draft of the so-called residential property modernization law. This is intended to make it easier for home owners and tenants to make structural changes. In addition to the installation of charging points, the law also covers other conversion and extension measures. The law does not require the approval of the Bundesrat.
The previous Condominium Act has been in force since 1951, according to which individual condominium owners must obtain the consent of the other co-owners if they wish to install a charging point, for example. The reason: parking spaces are almost always considered common property.
The Federal Government no longer considers the current law to be up-to-date. This is because it takes no account of the requirements arising from the expansion of electromobility, nor of construction requirements resulting from climate or demographic change. For example, the structural condition of older condominiums often lags behind that of newer facilities.
In addition to the right to install a charging facility for electric vehicles, the new law gives tenants and owners a right to expansion and conversion measures for greater accessibility, burglary protection and a fiber optic connection.
BDEW (Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry) welcomes the new law. Kerstin Andreae, Chairwoman of the BDEW Board of Management, explains: »At last, the legal basis is being created so that the hurdles for the installation of private charging infrastructure can be overcome. For a long time we have been demanding that tenants and home owners must have the right to acquire a private charging infrastructure. After all, over 80% of charging takes place at home or at work. The success of electromobility will therefore be decided above all in the private sphere«.