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Tenants group advances “no empty house” bill in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, October 5th 2022 - 19:08 UTC
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An organization claiming to represent Buenos Aires' tenants has submitted a bill before the City Hall whereby idle units are to be put out for rent on a mandatory basis after 90 days.

The Inquilinos Agrupados (IA - grouped tenants) association has devised a “no empty houses” bill under the motto “An empty house is a crime,” which has sparked controversies in the Argentine capital.

The project also features the so-called “Protected Rental System” clause to control and monitor the situation of tenants. “In the City, there are 1,500,000 dwellings, of which 304,000 are empty,” IA's Gervasio Muñoz said. He added these data stemmed from the 2010 Census and with this year's count “surely there are many more.”

“The effect produced by empty houses is dramatic,” Muñoz also pointed out in a radio interview. “The idea is that these properties enter the [lease] market through a system administered by the Housing Institute of the City of Buenos Aires,” he also explained.

Muñoz, who is also president of the National Federation of Tenants criticized former President Mauricio Macri's policies that deepened “a model that has been going on for 15 years” in Buenos Aires. In Muñoz's view, if all houses were on the market, “nobody would be homeless.”

He also underlined that in Belgium “it is a criminal offense” and in the city of London “there are very heavy taxes” on idle properties that end up going to the State.

“There is a logic of resignation in the City; we have to build another logic, otherwise the right wing will continue governing ad eternum,” Muñoz insisted.

According to IA's plan, every property that remains vacant for more than 90 days will be mandatorily included in the Protected Rental System (SAP), which will be created under the same law, which will be managed by the City's Housing Institute (IVC).

Owners of unoccupied dwellings will be charged a rent equivalent to 1% of the tax value to make access to housing easier. As per Muñoz's bill, inherited vacant homes will be compulsorily entered into the SAP and cannot be auctioned off on the real estate market.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Argentina.
Tags: Buenos Aires.

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  • imoyaro

    Trying to crack down on the “rental” of empty apartments as a mechanic for the concealment of graft? La Asesina might not be pleased...

    Oct 06th, 2022 - 01:47 am 0
  • Pugol-H

    If the numbers are correct, you have to wonder why there are so many unoccupied dwellings in the first place.

    Something is seriously distorting the marketplace.

    Unless of course renting out a house puts such onerous conditions and costs on landlords that it’s much easier and cheaper not to rent it out.

    With that much empty housing stock property prices and rents should be comparatively low in BA.

    Has the city suffered a major de-population in recent times and no one has noticed?

    Check the figures.

    Oct 06th, 2022 - 03:19 pm 0
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