House at Tiefe Straße 3 in Leipzig occupied – and evicted.

“OOPS WE SQUATTED AGAIN!” appeared on the Twitter account of @leipzigbesetzen at 3:48 pm. A few minutes later, a good hundred supporters were already standing in front of the house at Tiefen Straße 3 in Leipzig’s Anger-Crottendorf district. In the meantime, a rally has been announced in front of the house.


“Today, June 11, 2021, we occupied the house at Tiefe Straße 3 in Leipzig Anger-Crottendorf. The occupation is intended to draw attention to the grievances of housing policy and to be a constructive counter-proposal. The object itself is to become collectivized living and cultural space. We are expressly open to negotiations. reads the press release of the squatters.

“While gentrification processes cause rents to rise further and further, people are pushed out of their neighborhoods to the outskirts of the city, and clean house facades seem to be more important than mold-free walls, apartment buildings, like the one we occupied, stand empty for years as speculative objects. Until they are finally renovated to luxury standards and the residential units are rented out for vast sums,” explains Aaron von LeipzigBesetzen.

Between 2013 and 2020, the average total rent in Leipzig rose by 13.5%, he said. “The increase in asking rents, i.e. rents for comparable available rental properties, was as high as 30.6%. At an average of 37%, people in Leipzig spend more than a third of their net income on rent. At the same time, net incomes in the city are among the lowest in Germany. But even without statistics, it is obvious that neighborhoods like Connewitz, Eisenbahnstraße, Reudnitz or Anger-Crottendorf looked very different a few years ago. Everyone can watch the rapid disappearance of open spaces, green areas and residential buildings and see anonymous, bare-bones, expensive “residential” buildings appear in their place.”

“While gentrification processes cause rents to rise further and further, people are pushed out of their neighborhoods to the outskirts of the city, and clean house facades seem to be more important than mold-free walls, apartment buildings, like the one we occupied, stand empty for years as speculative objects. Until they are finally renovated to luxury standards and the residential units are rented out for vast sums,” explains Aaron von LeipzigBesetzen.

Between 2013 and 2020, the average total rent in Leipzig rose by 13.5%, he said. “The increase in asking rents, i.e. rents for comparable available rental properties, was as high as 30.6%. At an average of 37%, people in Leipzig spend more than a third of their net income on rent. At the same time, net incomes in the city are among the lowest in Germany. But even without statistics, it is obvious that neighborhoods like Connewitz, Eisenbahnstraße, Reudnitz or Anger-Crottendorf looked very different a few years ago. Everyone can watch the rapid disappearance of open spaces, green areas and residential buildings and see anonymous, bare-bones, expensive “residential” buildings appear in their place.”

At around 8:50 p.m., the squatters announced the presumed owner, who is said to have changed the content of their website during the evening:

The rally participants, on the occasion of rumors of eviction, spread around the entire block. At 22:20 the rally in front of the house was ended. The number of participants in the rally varied greatly – in some cases up to 200 people. In addition to KüFa (Kitchen for All) and an information booth, there was also a live concert.

At 11 p.m. sharp, two people were led out of the house by the police, via the backyard. Thus, the occupation lasted seven hours and twelve minutes. 

There was a rally for the arrested persons in front of the detention center in Dimitroff Street. At 01:05 the last person was released “amidst great jubilation”.

The police press office could not be reached for a closing statement at this time. / MS

Further information: https://twitter.com/leipzigbesetzen