With the end of the winter break, the return of rental evictions after two years of lull due to the pandemic

Twelve thousand households experienced eviction from their rental in 2021, many more than the 8,000 in 2020, the year in which the winter break, scheduled between 1er November and March 31, had been extended until July 10. The Abbé Pierre redoute Foundation, from Friday 1er April, to return to levels of 15,000 to 16,000 evictions per year, or even 30,000 evictions per year because of those still pending.

For the families who experience it, the consequences of an eviction, generally for rent debt, its first reason, are always traumatic, as shown by the original survey carried out in January and February for the Abbé Pierre Foundation by five Master 2 students in urban planning and development from the University of Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne with sixty-six households having gone through such an ordeal over the past three years: “68% of them have regained their footing, after an average of eleven months of waiting, but 32%, or a third, have still not, after one to three years, found stable accommodation and live in a hotel, caravan , camping or at a third party. »

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“Until October 2020, I had a classic lifesays David Fontenelle, 33, a job certainly paid at minimum wage, but with a permanent contract as a salesman in a hardware store, in Lyon, and I lived in a small two-room apartment of 40 square meters, rented 420 euros per month. The owner, a private person, wanted to take over his accommodation, without however giving me a formal leave, but, on returning from a week’s vacation, I could not go home because he had changed the locks. » Despite a complaint to the police station, Mr. Fontenelle was never able to set foot in his apartment nor was he able to recover his belongings and his papers.

“There began my descent into hell. While continuing to work, I exhausted my savings renting bed and breakfasts, then started sleeping outside or in the halls of buildings, because 115 de Lyon does not [me] offered no accommodation, except one night a week in an emergency structure…, he says. I spoke about it to my boss who did not find me a solution, but when you are commercial and you have not slept or eaten, it shows immediately, so I resigned for lack of being able to ensure task. »

Exhausted, emaciated after three months of wandering without thinking for a second of begging, let alone stealing, he goes to the Part-Dieu station and gets on the first train without a ticket. He takes her to Perpignan, a city he doesn’t know at all. There, the 115 can finally offer him accommodation, at first precarious, for four in a room that must be left early in the morning, then a little more permanent and comfortable, at the Saint-Jacques farmhouse, where he shares the room with another young man.

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