The French government has backed-tracked on plans to bring in nationwide residential rent controls.
This follows two re-formed French governments in less than six months amid disagreements and resignations within François Hollande’s socialist party.
Appointing new ministers to key posts, Hollande has now signalled a change of direction in his previous leftist economic policy towards a more pro-business agenda.
The move also shows the Government has taken notice of the French property industry’s outcry over the policy and their arguments that it is deterring investment in residential property.
This change is one of the main components in a new package of housing measures announced by new Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
Nationwide rent controls were to be included in the Alur housing law, due to have been brought in in March this year, but now largely scrapped. The laws, which included compulsory long-term tenancies, would have affected landlords and tenants and owners who rent out their second homes.
The aim of the Alur housing law was to cap rents at 20% above a median reference rent in 28 cities across France, those which have a supply-demand imbalance. One section of the law was to force holiday rental owners to get two sets of permissions to continue to rent short-term.
However, it is now being accepted by the French Housing Minister that the proposed changes have seriously concerned investors.
It has also been acknowledged that to implement such a scheme would involve so much technical complexity, particularly collecting data on rents across the country, that a successful implementation could not be possible for months or even years.
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