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Rent Caps in Lille to Come into Force from February 2017

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 and Rent caps in Lille and its suburbs will come into force on February 1st. The mayor of the city and the Minister for Housing made the announcement on Friday, after a lengthy period of research and consultation with property agencies in the city. 

With Lille the third most expensive city in France for renters, it was only a matter of time before it followed Paris’ suite and imposed controls. The city has seen rents grow 70% since 2000, compared to 50% nationwide. Martine Aubry, the mayor of the city, first announced her intention to bring in the caps when the ALUR law was enacted in 2014.

The rent caps in Lille have been formulated using the same method as those in Paris. ADIL – the Regional Agency for Information on Housing – organised the research and have determined that monthly rents will be capped at €20.8/m2, with a minimum of €12/m2. Location, building age, property type and furnishings will determine where in the range a property’s legal rent lies. A government website tool allows landlords to determine this (French-language only).

Current . However, the next time a lease is renewed or created the rent will need to conform to these levels. With a rate of one in three properties changing lease each year, slowly but surely all 50,000 private rental properties in the city will come under the regulation.

The measure has been contested by some agencies in Lille, as it has been in Paris. They argue that it will actually increase rents in some cases. For example, where the rent is under the minimum threshold they will have to be raised, and some landlords might raise rents to the upper limit. However, most agencies concede that the caps respect market conditions, as the research process was lengthy and inclusive.

Besides, as shown recently, the National Assembly in its current form is not backtracking on the measure, and Aubry says that it will help bring back the middle classes to Lille, the bulk of those who rent privately. Robert Brehon, of consumer interest association UFC-Que Choisir, says that fact they are contested at all is a sign they are good for renters.

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