Rentals, less aid to tenants: more risks for landlords

Cut some funds for those in trouble with rent. A situation that could make it more risky to rent a house. Also because removing the tenant who doesn’t pay can be difficult and take a long time

On the one hand, the high rents and Mr. Rossi who doesn’t pay the rent, on the other, Mr. Bianchi is in trouble, because he can’t get rid of the tenant who doesn’t pay the bill. Two sides of the same coin: the house.

The risk of renting

To avoid problems of this type, many Italian property owners prefer to rent for short periods, taking advantage of ads on digital platforms, rather than giving their apartment to a family for many years. Or they leave it empty, as happens for about 7 million homes (including, however, second homes used by the owners). This avoids the risk of the defaulting tenant.

Long times to send out the tenant who does not pay

Over 9 percent of those who rent have found themselves late with the installment at least once. Just don’t pay one and the owner can start the eviction after three weeks. On average, Confedilizia explains, it takes 18 months to vacate the property and in the meantime the owner takes on the shoulders of taxes and condominium expenses.

How many Italians are under eviction

But times are often longer, because evictions are not resolved quickly and accumulate over the years, so much so that compared to the 38,000 issued in Italy in 2021 (almost all due to arrears), there are 150,000 families to whom the judge has told to leave and that they still live in the building. Numbers that could increase (up to 300 thousand), according to the tenants’ unions, who point the finger at the government, which has canceled two multi-million euro funds to support those who cannot cope with the rent.

Stop the rent contribution for the employable

With the reform of the Citizenship Income, the contribution for housing has also been reduced (up to 280 euros per month), which will no longer go to those considered able to work, the so-called employable. A whole series of aids, therefore, that tenants will lack and which could make renting a house more risky.