The government called on the prefects on Friday to facilitate and accelerate the “evictions” of occupied, primary and secondary homes, including during the winter ceasefire.
The instruction to the prefect, drawn up jointly by three ministries (Housing, Interior, Justice) follows the adoption of the so-called “Asap” law in December, which strengthened the anti-squat system after several cases that had become publicly known (Théoule) -sur -Mer, Petit Cambodge in Paris …).
All types of apartments
According to the press release summarizing this text, “the effective occupation of the accommodation upon entering by the squatters is not a necessary criterion for the initiation of eviction”, which applies to all types of residence (primary, secondary, occasional).
No winter break for squatters
These public authority evacuations are not “concerned about the suspension” of rent evacuations ordered each year under the winter armistice to protect the most fragile homes, he added.
In this case, however, the prefect “must endeavor to find solutions for the evacuees,” the three ministries said in a statement.
Not necessarily triggered by the property owner
This evacuation procedure is not reserved for the owner of the accommodation, but can be initiated by “any person who acts in the interests and on behalf of that person”. The usufructuary of a house or the children of an older owner can therefore fall back on it.
Prefects must respond within 48 hours
Finally, the government is urging prefects to act quickly: evacuation requests must be reviewed within 48 hours of receipt. “After notification, the eviction decision cannot be taken at least 24 hours after the formal notice of vacancy,” the statement added.
“The government is determined to put an end to the illegal occupations,” sums up the press release, which also ensures that precarious people who are not “in a compact situation” have benefited from relief efforts, particularly the extension, during the health crisis the winter break in 2020.