Higher rents, evictions… what happens when HLM tenants’ incomes go up?

When HLM tenants’ income increases, they may be forced to pay additional rent or even leave their residence. However, exceptions exist (age, disability, priority areas of the city).

Getting social housing is a journey and can sometimes take years. The government wants to tackle “queues” to access these low-rent housing units.

“We must re-examine the relevance of continuing to occupy social housing for those who have largely exceeded the income threshold”, Appealed to Housing Minister Guillaume Kasbarian In the newspaper this Thursday, April 11 echoes, According to him, 8% of HLM tenants would no longer be eligible for social housing if they applied for it today.

Currently, beneficiaries’ incomes are reviewed every two years, and theoretically the richest could be expelled. Can we talk about social housing “for life”, as the minister says? We take stock.

Those who earn more pay more

Social housing is reserved for those whose standard of living is modest to average (about 34% of the French population can qualify for it). Then they benefit from lower fares. But as tenants’ incomes rise, in some cases, they may be forced to leave their homes.

These expulsions do not happen systematically. Firstly, tenants whose means exceed a certain limit may have to pay additional rent (if the income is 20% or more above the maximum income respectable for the allotment). The maximum reference tax income not to be exceeded in order not to pay this increase depends on the location, type of housing and the number of people in the household.

For example, outside Île-de-France, the cost is 27,170 euros per year for one person and 36,285 euros for two people in “Plus” accommodation, which is the broadest category. According to the site service-public.fr, For Île-de-France municipalities, the amounts increase as you get closer to Paris.

People who are very rich should pack their bags…except in a few cases

The system of increased taxes does not apply to the richest people. After a certain limit you have to leave the accommodation. Once again, this range depends on geographical parameters and household composition. Please note that this rule does not apply if there is a disabled person in the household.

So, if you earn more than 44,151 euros for an individual (outside Île-de-France) for two consecutive years, you will need to pack your bags. However, if your income falls again in the next 18 months or if you reach the age of 65, you may be able to stay.

It is also important to note the exception to all these rules: residents of priority neighborhoods of the city policy do not have to pay extra rent and are not forced to leave their social housing, even if their income increases rapidly.

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