The national Agency for housing information is concerned about a rise in numbers of unpaid rents compared to 2019.
This is a ticking time bomb. And she could still grow a few days of winter break, and the beginning of a second containment to be brought to its knees a little more in the French economy. Associations and elected officials, and in fact dread the increase in the number of unpaid rent, possible detonator of a new housing crisis.
As of the month of April, "a barometer of the consultations on unpaid rent" has been put in place by the national Agency for housing information. "For the moment, there is a rise in figures compared to 2019", explains Louis, Merle, who runs the pole legal. "We have also created a point of vigilance on the unpaid rent," continues the lawyer, "and" cell standby intergovernmental has been set up to find out how to evolve the unpaid".
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Before the crisis, and during the first confinement of the spring, the question of arrears was relatively marginal, says Pierre Madec, economist at the French economic Observatory (OFCE), and housing specialist. But to shock exceptional economic, consequences exceptional, he warns, in tune with the concerns of actors in the field. "A lot of people will fall off unemployment, and have very great difficulties to pay their rent, adds Madec. The autoentrepreneurs, the independent... They aren't necessarily in the job losses, but it's clear that they are going to have difficulties with very large".
The future of these workers, the statutes of which hybrids do not benefit part-time unemployment, is also concerned about Emmanuel Heyraud, in charge of housing in France Urban. "Adds more to the health crisis, an economic crisis, and the problem of unpaid rent is a real issue," anticipating-t-it.
"vicious Circle of economic"
The winter break, which suspends evictions from the 1st of November, should grant them a respite. But it "does not respond at all to the vicious circle of economic" debts, " warns Pierre Madec. And it will not relieve the owners, which, in France, are often natural persons.
"They must also face charges. And if they do not perceive the rents, they enter a vicious circle where themselves are not going to be able to repay their loan," warns the economist, which argues for a universal guarantee of rents. It is not impossible that the donors, public or private, ask for them in the coming months more of warranty "and they say, 'a commission in the sector today is not enough to have the guarantee that tomorrow you will not be unemployed'".
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what obscure even more of a housing market already congested in many cities. According to the fondation abbé Pierre, which has set up a "relief fund for unpaid", the different measures advanced by the government - using outstanding bad debts of the housing by Action housing or outstanding help of solidarity to the households in the most precarious - "will not cover all needs". As to the intelligence unit set up by the government last spring, it has not met since the month of July.