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Should Uk Tenants Be Protected From Eviction In Winter?

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If we did that surely it would put people off going into BTL?

France prohibits evict defaulting tenants during the ‘winter truce’

October 31, 2011 5:03 pm

The period of winter truce in France, which is forbidden to evict defaulting tenants, begins the next night and runs until 15 March, under a law dating back to 1954.

The Secretary of State for housing, Benoist Apparu, estimated that each year there between 100,000 and 110,000 owners demands that are carrying out the evictions of tenants by defaults, but only about 10,000 are carried out in an effective way.

Apparu considered that despite the crisis these figures are not changing significantly.

But associations of people with housing problems question these figures, and specifically the Abbé Pierre Foundation estimated that if it takes into account people going before being expelled from the House by the police they add some 40,000 further evictions per year.

To this Foundation, there are approximately 500,000 families with problems of housing defaults in France.

According to the latest available official data, in 2009 there were 139.657 complaints before the courts, which took 107.234 orders of expulsion (one 1% increase over the previous year).

The President of the Association right to housing (DAL), Jean-Baptiste Eyraud, assured that the number of effective evictions increased 40% in the last 10 years.

Eyraud supported, in an interview with radio station France Info, an administrative regulation of prices of rents, at the time complained of a breach of the law.

The 1954 Act which outlaws the expulsions of delinquent tenants from 2100 premises on 31 October and until 15 March has its origin in the mobilization of Abbé Pierre since the end of World War II against the problems of accommodation in France.

http://www.deltaworld.org/international/France-prohibits-evict-defaulting-tenants-during-the-winter-truce/

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No.

Security of tenure is desparately needed. The lack of it tells you all you need to know about the Labour party's 13 years of government.

Apart from that, remove tax incentives for BTL + let BTL lenders go bust when they screw up.

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Find this all a bit silly and dickensian. If you decide to protect tenants then surely people just "renting from the bank" should be protected as well ?

And how about the imprudent facing the consequences of their actions, which seems to be a common theme on this site?

I would prefer that it was made impossible for landlords to kick people out unless they were not paying their rent.

There are better ways of discouraging btl than this

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So April to October is the eviction/repossession season?

it is quite hard to evict in that season too, in general it takes a couple of years to evict a non paying tenant. The consequence is that anyone without an excellent record of paying rent and employement can't rent in France in any area where there is any kind of work.

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it is quite hard to evict in that season too, in general it takes a couple of years to evict a non paying tenant. The consequence is that anyone without an excellent record of paying rent and employement can't rent in France in any area where there is any kind of work.

Presumably those who do rent places out don't have to use courts?

Security of tenure is great if that is what the renter wants, but courts do need to protect LL from non payers with swift evictions.

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it is quite hard to evict in that season too, in general it takes a couple of years to evict a non paying tenant. The consequence is that anyone without an excellent record of paying rent and employement can't rent in France in any area where there is any kind of work.

Having rented in Paris, I totally agree with the above.

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That said, I also have a VI - as a landlord in France, I find the law preventing evictions in winter absolutely nuts, and I have seen other landlords played for mugs by scum tenants.

The basic idea in France - secure tenancy, landlord can't boot you out except if you trash the place/don't pay rent - is great. They should just stick to that.

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"
My friends, come help... A woman froze to death tonight at 3:00 AM, on the pavement of Sebastopol Boulevard, clutching the eviction notice which the day before had made her homeless... Each night, more than two thousand endure the cold, without food, without bread, more than one almost naked. To face this horror, emergency lodgings are not enough.

"
Hear me; in the last three hours, two aid centers have been created: one under canvas at the foot of the
, on
Street; the other in
. They are already overflowing, we must open them everywhere. Tonight, in every town in France, in every quarter of Paris, we must hang out placards under a light in the dark, at the door of places where there are blankets, bunks, soup; where one may read, under the title 'Fraternal Aid Center', these simple words: 'If you suffer, whoever you are, enter, eat, sleep, recover hope, here you are loved'
.

"
The forecast is for a month of harsh frosts. For as long as the winter lasts, for as long as the centers exist, faced with their brothers dying in poverty, all mankind must be of one will: the will to make this situation impossible. I beg of you, let us love one another enough to do it now. From so much pain, let a wonderful thing be given unto us: the shared spirit of France. Thank you! Everyone can help those who are homeless. We need, tonight, and at the latest tomorrow, five thousand blankets, three hundred big American tents, and two hundred catalytic stoves. Bring them quickly to the Hôtel Rochester, number ninety-two, la Boetie Street. The rendez-vous for volunteers and trucks to carry them: tonight at eleven, in front of the tent on Montagne Sainte-Geneviève. Thanks to you, no man, no child, will sleep on the asphalt or on the waterfronts of Paris tonight.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abb%C3%A9_Pierre#cite_note-9' rel="external nofollow">

Thank you.
"

-Copy and pasted from wikipedia... Quite moving.

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