By Writing Marseilles
updated on 30 Sep 22 at 17:09
Still debated during the city council on Friday, September 30, 2022, the supervision of Marseille rents is a recurring subject. For good reason, in recent years, the price of rents has continued to climb. But then why is it so complicated to set a ceiling?
A new chance for Marseille?
Paris, Lille, Lyon, Villeurbanne, Montpellier and even Bordeaux apply rent controls for empty and furnished accommodation in the private sector. The Elan law of November 2018 is distributed to municipalities in tight areas for two years, i.e. until November 23, 2020 to put this framework in place.
The City of Marseille and the Metropolis, for lack of common ground, were unable to participate in this test law. Today, the deadline has been pushed back until the end of November: the debate is relaunched.
Prices increased by 16.6%
A price of 666.9 euros on June 1, 2022. This is what the average rent looks like for a 45m² apartment rented empty in Marseille, according to a study by Housing. But, in absolute terms, the price is not the most impressive, it is its evolution that sends shivers down your spine.
Over one year, the price of real estate has gone from 3,079 euros per m2 in 2021 to 3,279 euros in 2022 in Marseille. If we look at the evolution of real estate prices over the past ten years, prices have increased by 16.6%.
This increase is due to a multitude of factors. Rise in the price of raw materials, multiplication of AirBnbs, increased attractiveness or even saturation of the rental market.
The city “for candidates for rent control”
Faced with this situation, the town hall of Marseille wishes to integrate the test cities in terms of rent control, a program proposed by the State. However, it is up to the Metropolis to decide to integrate this device and for the moment it is very reluctant.
“I implore the Metropolis to hear the City of Marseille”, provided Benoît Payan, mayor of Marseille during the city council this Friday. Because the City has long expressed its desire to regulate rents, but it has no power of action.
The elected officials still voted this morning on a deliberation on his “intention of candidate for rent control” until 2026, the duration provided for by law. Lambasted by the opposition, the deliberation was nevertheless accepted. But will have no weight.
For its part, the Métropole believes that controlling rents would reduce the purchasing power of owners who would therefore no longer be able to finance the work on their rental properties.
“A landlord is not asked for someone rich and with the rent control, he will no longer be able to carry out the work which allows the tenant to maintain pleasant living conditions within the dwelling”, develops Catherine Pila, LR president within the hemicycle, with La Provence.
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