Why the federal government desires to scale back the SRU legislation, which made it attainable to create 1 million social housing items | EUROtoday

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A social housing building in Paris, May 2, 2024.

The many voices that had been raised, even within the presidential camp, in opposition to the reform of the Solidarity and Urban Renewal (SRU) legislation of 2000 weren’t sufficient. The invoice on inexpensive housing, offered Friday May 3 within the Council of Ministers by Guillaume Kasbarian, the brand new Minister for Housing, will certainly loosen up this emblematic textual content, which obliges two thousand municipalities in city areas to suggest a charge minimal of 20% or 25% social housing, with the intention to promote social variety.

Faced with the outcry triggered by this choice, Mr. Kasbarian, nevertheless, watered down his textual content and positioned some safeguards. The precept definitely stays to permit cities which don’t meet their SRU goal to combine sooner or later intermediate rental housing, allotted to the higher center courses, of their obligatory quota of social housing. However, this flexibility will solely be granted to the 650 municipalities which already attain the brink of 10% or 15% of social housing, and these will solely be capable of embrace 1 / 4 of intermediate housing within the new development goals. But the ultimate goal of 20% or 25% of purely social housing stays. This is about saving time for municipalities which might be late, whereas lowering their monetary penalties.

“Finally, this project integrates intermediate housing quite timidly. It’s mostly about touching the symbol”, estimates Philippe Laurent, UDI mayor of Sceaux, in Hauts-de-Seine. This is exactly what makes many elected officers and the social housing household bristle. “The pace of catching up for lagging municipalities has already been revised downwards for the period 2023-2025, via a law passed at the beginning of 2022. And by returning to parliamentarians, the government is paving the way for a large unraveling, if it is being outflanked by the right and the extreme right, as with the immigration law”, alerts Thierry Repentin, PS mayor of Chambéry, who chaired the SRU nationwide fee till the tip of 2023, accountable for making certain its utility. The National Housing Council (CNH), bringing collectively the various gamers within the housing world (skilled associations, social landlords, elected officers, tenant associations, and so forth.), has primarily spoken out in opposition to the invoice.

In the housing sector, one query by no means ceases to be requested: why select to switch a legislation that mayors, aside from a couple of exceptions, ended up accepting 12 months after 12 months? The affiliation of mayors of France took care to emphasise in a press launch that it was not a requester. “We were all surprised, it wasn’t in the scope at all, and we never knew where the idea came from”, acknowledges a Renaissance MP, who’s effectively versed in housing points. The Renaissance deputy of Landes Lionel Causse specifies for his half that“none of the reports from the National Housing Council, which I chair, recommended it. This reform does not respond to the challenges, which would rather be to extend the SRU law to new territories where people no longer have the means to find housing.”

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