A Comparative Legal and Policy Examination
Edited by Padraic Kenna, Sergio Nasarre-Aznar, Peter Sparkes and Christoph U. Schmid
Chapter 2: Evictions in France
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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