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the National Housing Confederation asks the government to freeze rents

“People pay their rent first and sacrifice the rest,” warned Eddie Jaquemart, president of the National Housing Confederation, on Friday on franceinfo.

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The rent remains the main expense of the French. With inflation, +5% in one year in April, the prices of real estate rentals are likely to rise further. The National Housing Confederation estimates that “the rent review index, for the moment, amounts to +2.48%”. A record for 15 years. Landlords rely on this index to reassess rents. “It’s huge, we are asking for the freezing of rents. An emergency measure on the part of the government”alert Friday, May 13 on franceinfo Eddie Jaquemart, president of the National Housing Confederation.

In 2021, the CNL recalls that the average increase base was +0.42%. “We had already asked at the time for a freeze on these increases, emphasizes Eddie Jacquemart, we were emerging from a period of Covid-19 with a lot of financial fragility among tenants. We weren’t heard.”

“Here we are urging the government to freeze rents. It is a measure of public safety.”

Eddie Jaquemart, President of the National Housing Confederation

at franceinfo

Rents are not the only ones to increase, provisions for charges too. This takes into account heating, or even maintenance or cleaning services. “We have situations where tenants have their benefits increased by 50 euros, it’s huge”warns Eddie Jacquemart, who would also like to see rent controls become widespread.

“Housing did not appear in the presidential election campaign at all, he regrets, It is a real challenge for the legislative elections.” According to the president of the National Housing Confederation, the rate of unpaid rents remains low, around 3%.“People first pay their rent and sacrifice the rest: food, leisure, mutual insurance, hygiene expenses”, he warns. “It’s total social regression.”

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