Loss of Homes and Evictions across Europe
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Loss of Homes and Evictions across Europe

A Comparative Legal and Policy Examination

Edited by Padraic Kenna, Sergio Nasarre-Aznar, Peter Sparkes and Christoph U. Schmid

The loss of a home can lead to major violations of a person’s dignity and human rights. Yet, evictions take place everyday in all countries across Europe. This book provides a comparative assessment of human rights, administrative, procedural and public policy norms, in the context of eviction, across a number of European jurisdictions. Through this comparison the book exposes the emergence of consistent, Europe-wide standards and norms.
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Chapter 2: Evictions in France

Marc Uhry


France maintains the essential elements of a classic welfare state model, with extensive measures protecting borrowers and tenants’ rights, social allowances, and a relatively large social housing stock. This is combined with a significant political commitment to universal equality, although in practice this is not always achieved. Indeed, while systematic policies seek to prevent and alleviate the effects of evictions, France has experienced an increase in evictions over the past two decades. This leads to a ‘French paradox’ – a country where poor households experience relatively lower housing costs overburden, but are more often in rent arrears, and more often evicted through a long process. Yet, despite this high level of evictions, this does not necessarily lead to homelessness, but homeless people have often experienced an eviction.

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