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Tech & Science Lille: Are the rental regulations really respected by owners and landlords?

18:50  26 february  2021
18:50  26 february  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Big crack in rent control. In Lille , for a year, the rental of housing has been subject to this regulation of the Elan law , the city having applied on an experimental basis until 2023. To rent a property, an owner or a lessor must therefore respect a price range based on four criteria: the zone, the type, the surface and the year of construction.

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However, according to the Lille association, the Popular Urban Planning Workshop (APU) of Fives , this framework is flouted in half of the offers. "Analysis of 313 announcements, between October and January, shows that the framework is not respected in 48.6% of cases," the APU said in a statement.

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For the most part, these are direct rentals between individuals found on the Le bon coin site. “This is understandable because some do not know the existence of this measure. This explanation, however, seems less credible in the case of real estate agencies since the legal aspects of letting are at the very heart of their business, "said the APU. Lasso has calculated that, in four out of ten cases, these agencies charge rents higher than the maximum allowed.

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"In the forefront of the agencies less zealous in the application of the law, Nexity, Lille Immo and Colocatère, a start-up of" standing "colocation, charge exorbitant prices", she denounces.

On the side of Lille Immo, the Lille director acknowledges that "8% of advertisements do not comply with the framework", according to an audit carried out by the agency. But he disputes the APU investigation. "If we dig into the ads, we see that, often, it is an exceptional character, authorized by law, which justifies a more expensive rent," he told 20 Minutes. In addition, Lille Immo takes refuge behind its simple mission of manager. "We do not own the property and we encourage them to respect the law, without being able to force them to do so," insists its director. When contacted, Nexity and Colocatère, for their part, did not follow up.

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But whatever the figures, behind these practices, it is the tenants who find themselves aggrieved and, so far, left to fend for themselves. "Without dedicated resources, it is feared that the prefecture will not be able to apply any sanctions, leaving the tenants to fend for themselves to file a complaint in the event of abuse," regrets the APU.

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"However, the spirit of this law is precisely that the tenants do not find themselves alone in front of the owners and that the prefecture can self-enter illegal announcements", indicates Anissa Badira, Housing Assistant at the city of Lille. The elected Lille resident assures that, "since November, the city of Lille has offered to help the prefect of the North to help him enforce the system".

"The State must move up a gear and put the means for this ambition to control rents, especially as other cities such as Bordeaux, Lyon or Grenoble are themselves candidates", adds the assistant. Contacted about the number of complaints lodged in the past year, the prefecture did not respond. The prefect must, however, present a report on the implementation of the measure, but not before the fall of 2021. Until then, it is difficult to have official figures on the rate of rent overruns.

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For tenants, there is nevertheless an simulation tool , set up on the site of the Lille town hall. It allows you to know whether the rent offered in an advertisement exceeds or not the maximum provided for by law.

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