Squatters: an amendment to strengthen the rights of owners

Squatters: an amendment to strengthen the rights of owners

To prevent squatters from illegally occupying homes, an amendment will be tabled in the National Assembly. The Minister of Housing wants to strengthen the right to property.

Squatters: an amendment to strengthen the rights of owners

In Théoule-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes), Henri Kaloustian’s villa was squatted for three weeks before his eyes. The illegal occupants claimed to be tenants, which complicates the eviction procedure despite the intervention of the authorities. The government has therefore decided to strengthen the rights of owners by supporting a new amendment, examined Wednesday, September 16 in the National Assembly. “I hope that the procedures can be fast, that the right to property can be respected”, defends Emmanuelle Wargon, the Minister for Housing.

24h to leave the premises

So far, the owners had 48 hours from the intrusion of the squatters to act. Thanks to the amendment, they will only have to seize the authorities once the occupation has been established. The prefect will have 48 hours to issue the formal notice, the squatters will have 24 hours to leave the premises. The association for the Right to Housing regrets that no rehousing solution is offered. “It is not by putting people outside that we will solve the housing crisis, on the contrary, we will have more people in the street”, deplores Jean-Baptiste Ayraud, spokesperson for the association.