Evictions rise 37% in a decade

The trêve hivernale amnesty that prohibits evictions during winter months came to an end this morning

31 March 2014

THE NUMBER of evictions for rent arrears in France has risen 37% and the number of calls to police to help removing tenants has doubled in 10 years, it has been revealed.

The news comes on the day the trêve hivernale annual amnesty, which prohibits evictions during the winter months came to an end.

The trêve used to run from November 1 until March 15, but the implemenation of the Duflot law this year has moved the end date back to April 1.

Every year in France, between 110,00 and 115,000 eviction proceedings begin. Cases can last up to 18 months - and only 1% end in an eviction being served, according to Pascal Thuet, treasurer of the National Chamber of Bailiffs (CNHJ).

According to the professionals, 98% of problems that lead to court proceedings starting are due to unpaid rent. The rest relate to problems with neighbours or a lack of tenant’s insurance - which is a cause for termination of the lease.

But many families do not wait for proceedings to begin before moving out. The Fondation Abbé Pierre
estimated that between 40,000 and 45,000 families effectively find themselves homeless at this time of year - the equivalent of a city the size of Chartres, Melun, Gap or Nevers.

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