The government wants to cap rent increases at a maximum of 3.5% for one year. The goal: to limit the impact of housing inflation on tenants. Explanations with LeLynx.fr.
A cap on rents to mitigate the effects of inflation
This measure on the rent cap intervenes in a context where inflation is becoming a central subject for tenants. This device called “rent shield” therefore aims tomitigate the effects of rising prices on housing. It will be included in the amending finance bill that Parliament must vote on this summer.
The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, explains:
After the Energy Shield […]we are now implementing a “rent shield”. […] We will not be able to exceed 3.5%, whereas if we look at the level of inflation today, we could have 4%, 5%, 6%. It is indeed a protection that we guarantee to the French.
The Minister of the Economy also adds that this decision is part of a “balanced solution” which takes into account the landlord and tenant constraints.
No rent freeze planned
The government also claims to have ruled out “a pure and simple freeze on rents”. Indeed, owners are also affected by inflation with theincrease in maintenance costs or energy renovation work on housing, notably. ” Wanting to freeze rents is a false good idea, because it would seize up the entire housing supply insists the government.
An increase in APL
The government also wants upgrade APLs to help tenants who need it most. Thus, these personalized housing aids should also increase by 3.5% from the 1er July. This increase in APL would represent a cost of €168 million for the state.