37 Assets and Liabilities Held for Sale
To be classified as held for sale, the assets must be available for immediate sale in their present condition subject only to terms that are usual and customary for sales of such assets, and it must be highly probable that a sale will take place. A sale is deemed to be highly probable if there is a commitment to a plan to sell the asset, an active program to locate a buyer and complete the plan has been initiated, the asset is being actively marketed for sale at a reasonable price, and a sale is expected to be completed within one year of the date on which the asset is classified as held for sale.
Vonovia accounts for investment properties as assets held for sale when notarized purchase contracts have been signed or a declaration of intent to purchase has been signed by both parties as of the reporting date but transfer of title will, under the contract, not take place until the subsequent reporting period. Initially they are recognized at the contractually agreed selling price and subsequently at fair value following deductions for costs to sell, if the latter is lower.
Ownership of all of the residential and commercial units sold to municipal housing companies in Berlin in the previous year was transferred in 2022. This reduced assets held for sale by a total of € 2.4 billion.
The assets held for sale now include only properties for which notarized purchase contracts had already been signed as of the reporting date as part of Vonovia’s ordinary sales activities totaling € 70.8 million. The value as of December 31, 2021 was € 302.6 million.