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Germany has begun confiscating privately owned properties in order to house some of the estimated 1.2 million migrants who have arrived in the last two years; Hamburg authorities confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district, near the city center; the units, which are owned by a private landlord, are in a state of disrepair and, as such, will need to be renovated; unbelievably, the cost of this is to be billed to the landlord; this is permitted under a 1982 law, updated by the city’s government in 2013, which enables the city to seize any residential property unit that has been vacant for more than four months via @TBWH91