Freezing of evictions, stories of tenants and owners in the balance-

In Turin, the Municipality has just signed a memorandum of understanding to favor agreed solutions between tenants and owners in the event of eviction for arrears. And the eviction fund has been strengthened by 400 thousand euros in order to help the tenant in difficulty on the one hand, and the owner who agrees to renounce the eviction on the other. The Covid clause has been added to the fund for those who, due to a pandemic, have suffered income reductions. This is just one of the interventions decided at the local level to try to stem the dam that will open next July 1st, when the block on evictions ends and thousands of requests will become enforceable. Suffice it to say that only in the first 9 months of 2020 the eviction validations were about 38 thousand, which are added to the more than 48,000 in 2019 (about 26,000 of these became executive) and that 100,000 executions were requested in 2019 alone.

That of June 30, 2021 the date contained in the Milleproroghe decree (now held in the Chamber, under joint examination by the Budget and Constitutional Affairs commissions) until which the suspension of the execution of judicial measures for the release of real estate, both homes and premises, would be extended by another 6 months commercial, due to non-payment of the fee on due dates: a block decided by the government last March to deal with the pandemic emergency and which has been gradually extended.

In all, nearly a year and a half with tenants unable to honor their debt and owners, very often themselves in crisis, for which their property remained the only source of income. A social bomb is defined by the tenants’ unions Sunia, Sicet, Uniat and Union of tenants. But also Confedilizia fears a war between owners and tenants which risks turning into damage to the economy. Hence, both sides are asking for help from politics to find solutions that support those in difficulty. And it matters little that in the Budget Law the fund for non-guilty arrears has been strengthened and an incentive has been provided for those who lower the fee (but only in large cities): too little to deal with what is becoming a real emergency that it also begins to worry the mayors and presidents of the region who receive requests for help every day. But if Italy Viva I ask for an end to the blockade, numerous amendments try to at least lighten it. Like the one of Beatrice Lorenzin (Pd) which asks to limit the block to the executive procedures adopted at the end of January 2020: a search for a balance point – he explains -, because it is an issue that must be addressed and that can become problematic from a social point of view.

For Confedilizia, completely opposed to the extension, the stop should at least be limited to those who are really in trouble and also asks for help for the owners. As it was thought – says the president Giorgio Spaziani Testa -, the block on evictions is too general and harmful because it means that people who are already in arrears before the outbreak of the epidemic, the defaulters by profession, enjoy it: before reaching an eviction validation, a lot of time goes by, even years, that’s why we should set time limits and see who really doesn’t pay because they are damaged by the pandemic.

The tenants’ unions – Sunia, Sicet, Uniat and Union of tenants – they wrote to the Budget and Constitutional Affairs commissions, the Anci and the Regions to ask for the extension of the block but also a national table to find solutions in these months until June 30: We are not antagonists – says Nino Falotico of Sicet Cisl -, we are facing an epochal situation, we need to support the owners and find solutions to support rents, solidarity is needed. And Stefano Chiappelli, Sunia, calls for a Pact to govern the evictions: the necessary suspension but let’s use these months to find a solution together, otherwise the extension will have been useless.

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